The so-called 'fiscal cliff' is only a couple weeks away. If Congress doesn't make a deal concerning the debt before January 1, you will see funding cuts in education, safety and other areas.
Virginia's Governor isn't taking chances. His office recently released a list of cuts that targets everything.
Every state department was asked to reduce their budget by 4%. Those potential cuts aren't pretty and as you can imagine, people are hoping it doesn't happen.
The possible state cuts total $132 million. It includes closing several correctional facilities. But those facilities have not been identified.
The state could also reduce expenditures at mental health facilities. The Governor's report admits -quote - "this has the risk of reducing the quality of patient care".
Virginia State Police are not spared.
Possible cuts including selling police motorcycles and stopping that program. It could also close the Lynchburg Aviation Base and sell the aircraft. The state may reduce overtime by state police using leave instead of extra pay.
The report also includes a way the state could make money. You may have to pay an extra 50 cents on motor vehicle registration fees. That increase would bring in $3.4 million for the state.