Northam to outline full budget plan to lawmakers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is set to unveil a full budget proposal that will include a hefty raise for teachers.

The Democratic governor will present his state spending plan to members of the Republican-controlled General Assembly on Tuesday.

Northam has already previewed many of the plan’s highlights. His marquee initiative is to spend $88 million to boost a 3 percent pay raise for teachers scheduled to take effect July 1, kicking it up to 5 percent.

The governor’s also proposed new spending on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, hiring more school counselors, and increasing access to high-speed internet connections in rural areas.

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Republicans have expressed skepticism about the amount of new spending Northam has proposed.

Lawmakers will take up the budget proposal when the legislative session starts in January.

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