Gov. Tim Kaine (D) told lawmakers that the expected $1.5 billion budget gap that must be bridged by the end of next year’s legislative session will mean more cuts to state services.
The shortfall, Kaine said, is all about “tough choices.” The governor referenced that phrase often during his speech and afterward during a gaggle with reporters.
“We should continue to make tough decisions about expenses and revenues, in the hopes that our work in this regard will set the stage for a stronger recovery,” he told lawmakers.
Republicans, who often call Kaine’s estimates too rosy, seemed generally pleased with the projections. One lawmaker said the $1.5 billion number was in line with discussions during a bi-partisan budget metting earlier this month.
Read Kaine’s prepared remarks here.