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Most important: Budget matters

No matter the situation for any group, organization or family, the most important issue facing any of them is the budget.

Are there sufficient funds to pay for this program, that issue, salaries, utilities, food, clothing, shelter or medicine?

That is the most important question facing anyone today at any level of living. That is uppermost on the minds of all elected governing bodies.

Financial matters are also on the minds of ever one, some more so than others, as they see prices continually creeping higher and higher.

Although some words out of Washington are that jobless numbers are down, there may be those who have dropped out the employment search claiming there is no use looking.

They stop their job search, thus become a missing number in the jobless statistics.

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell back in December unveiled his two-year $84.9 billion spending plan.

We hope, against hope that his plan, that targets spending toward core government function and job creation comes without raising taxes, as he said then.

Many state legislators realized before the General Assembly session opened that the budget would be a major topic of discussion and debate.

Along the same line are jobs and requests, or demands, from various agencies and interest groups for dollars and dollars from state coffers.

This comes on top of dwindling federal financial support.

With all the talk in Richmond and around the state, Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen) summed up the Assembly’s work and responsibilities this way: “Be good stewards for our constituents by adopting a budget that meets the core needs of or citizens while exercising the best sound policy judgment in difficult financial times.”

Sounds good. Hope it holds true for the entire General Assembly and all local governing bodies.

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