Governor Northam presents biennial budget amendments
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.
- $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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