Virginia legislators returning to Richmond for final vote on new state budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are set to give final passage to the state budget.

Legislators are returning to the Capitol Thursday to take a final vote on the two-year spending plan. The new Democratic majority is set to approve a budget that largely resembles what Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam proposed in his $135 billion proposal in December.

That includes large boosts in spending on education, health care and other areas. This budget process also has been made easier by higher-than-expected tax revenues.

The latest budget proposal includes the state’s share of 2% raises for public school teachers for the next two fiscal years, while many state employees would receive a 3% bonus this year and a 3% raise next year.

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