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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Raw Data: Kaine Authorizes Interim Budget Action

From the office of Gov. Tim Kaine...

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced today that he has authorized funding for several key state programs that may run out of current funds before the General Assembly approves a spending plan for the remaining weeks of the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2006.

Governor Kaine has authorized a $7.5 million loan to reimburse localities for the state share of the cost of services for children who receive special education and foster care services under the Comprehensive Services Act during the months of April, May and June. The loan will become available only if the current funding runs out prior to final enactment of the “Caboose Bill.”

Governor Kaine has authorized a $4.5 million loan for the Virginia Supreme Court to continue providing court-appointed attorneys for indigent defendants in criminal cases, and to cover costs related to the involuntary commitment of indigent persons for mental health evaluation and care. The loan will become available only if the current funding runs out prior to final enactment of the “Caboose Bill.”

Governor Kaine has authorized $256,000 in economic contingency funds to cover the cost of one-time re-enlistment bonuses for members of the Virginia National Guard. The lump-sum $2,000 bonus is paid to eligible personnel who commit to two years of military duty between the period April 1 and September 30, 2006.

Governor Kaine has authorized up to $330,000 in economic contingency funds to continue to provide tuition assistance to members of the Virginia National Guard. These funds will be used to help Guard soldier and airmen pay for tuition, textbooks, and fees.

Repayment of the loans will be made from the ultimate passage of the “Caboose Bill,” or amendments to the 2006-08 biennial budget.

“The House of Delegates took positive action on Wednesday, approving a ‘Caboose Bill,’ and sending it to the Senate for consideration,” Governor Kaine said. “I am taking these steps today to assure those families in need, and our partners in criminal justice, local government, and the National Guard, that there will be no interruption to these critical services while the bill makes its way through the legislative process.”