By Chandelis Duster, Phil Karstetter, and David Preut
Richmond, VA –Tough times are about to get a little tougher for state-funded services, as almost $4 billion in state spending has been cut out of the budget for the next two fiscal years.
Of that $4 billion, $800 million will be cut from healthcare funding resulting in less state spending on medicaid and academic hospitals like MCV.
VCU Capital News Service
WAKEFIELD – The 61st annual Shad Planking kicked off Virginia’s political season with cold beer, smoked shad and a poignant roast of the 2009 gubernatorial candidates.
Three of the four candidates for governor – Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran – poked fun at each other in a Shad Planking tradition that began in 2001. (Another Democratic contender, Creigh Deeds, was campaigning in Southwest Virginia.)
“Terry’s a little disappointed,” McDonnell said of McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman attending the Shad Planking for the first time.
“He was told there would be a lot of big fish here. He didn’t realize we meant that literally.”