Governor Northam presents biennial budget amendments

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news...
FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam has signed two criminal justice reform bills into law and proposed adding $1 million to the state budget to investigate the culture at the Virginia Military Institute after a newspaper article described allegations of racism. The legislature is scheduled to reconvene Monday, Nov. 9, to consider Northam’s proposed budget revisions and other amendments to legislation approved during a special session. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)(Steve Helber | AP)
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 10:24 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Governor Ralph Northam proposed amendments to the 2020-2022 budget Wednesday.

The proposed budget provides funding for response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering economic recovery and restoring a progressive agenda.

Key investments would support early childhood, K-12 and higher education; boost funding for historically Black colleges and universities; increase access to affordable housing; transform African American historical and cultural sites; expand high-speed broadband; and reform the criminal justice system. The budget would also ensure Virginians have access to the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available, according to the governor’s office.

Some highlights:

  • $50 million for passenger rail extending beyond Roanoke.
  • $500 million for schools to deal with drop in enrollment so they don’t get impacted by funding.
  • $30 million to increase financial aid for colleges.
  • $90 million for vaccine deployment.

The full release from the governor’s office can be found here.

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