Relief for Agencies Senate Passed Budget - - ABC13

Relief for Agencies Senate Passed Budget


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA - State agencies are breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday. The General Assembly passed the two-year, $85 billion budget Wednesday.

Now, with the state budget picture coming into focus, it's easier for agencies to start tweaking their own budgets.

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates in the Commonwealth, is one of those agencies. CASA advocates for neglected kids in the court system, placing them in secure homes.

Richmond has cut CASA funding 27% since 2009. Now, they say it's a big relief the budget season is almost over.

"We take a deep breath when the General Assembly gets under way in January, because that will affect us in May when we begin to plan our budget for the next year," said Jane Francis, executive director, CASA of Central Virginia.

It took one Senate Democrat siding with Republicans to get the budget passed. The budget bill now goes to Governor McDonnell for his signature.

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