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Changes coming locally and statewide

Change is coming, not from the Obama Administration, although that’s what he campaigned on, and Congress, but most likely due to that group in Washington.

This change, more precisely changes, are coming because of the economic conditions and will begin in Richmond and filter down to towns, counties and cities in the Old Dominion, and finally to citizens.

The stark financial outlook for funding from Washington down to states, then on to localities, seems to be missing the rays of sunshine yet to break through the dark clouds hanging over every nook and cranny of the nation.

Gov. Bob McDonnell recently asked state agencies to look long and hard at possible cuts in budget proposals for the next two years.

Cuts sought by the governor equate to cuts to Pulaski County, towns of Pulaski and Dublin, as well as every other governing body, department and agency that looks forward to funding from Richmond.

A negative aspect, among many, of the growing financing woes facing local governments is that the General Assembly, in efforts to trim state demands for increased taxes is to lay the funding burdens of mandates on counties, cities and towns.

Where the financial decline ends is hidden somewhere in the great unknown, but falls on the shoulders of taxpayers.

Gov. McDonnell wants flexibility in the budgeting process to respond to the uncertain and cloudy economic times. That includes dwindling federal funding and unseen moves by Congress.

State agencies have only a few days to finalize their budget plans that include cuts up to six percent. These are due Monday with the two-year budget period beginning July 1, 2012.

The governor’s wishes for flexibility in budget matters is not readily available to the populace who must pay or else. It’s trim costs, find funding, or file for bankruptcy for individuals.



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