McDonnell Commits $55M to Public Safety

BobAs Governor Bob McDonnell makes his final hurrahs as governor of Virginia, he announced that his 2014-2016 budget proposal will provide more than $55 million in targeted funding to support Virginia’s public safety.

The budget includes $22.2 million for sheriffs, Commonwealth’s Attorneys and Circuit Court Clerk Deputies to fund new hires, reduce jail overcrowding and fund long overdue pay increases.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday that his biennial budget will provide $55.3 million in targeted funding to support public safety around Virginia. McDonnell also proposed another $21 million in additional funding to assist local law enforcement through the “599” program.

“Local law enforcement plays a critical role in ensuring that Virginia’s streets and communities are safe,” McDonnell said to the Augusta Free Press. ”I began my career in public service as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. I know firsthand how hard the men and women who serve as Sheriffs, Commonwealth Attorney’s and in clerk’s offices work day in and day out to protect their communities and preserve justice for their fellow Virginians.  These funds will provide the critical resources necessary to better serve the public and will play a vital role in ensuring a safe and prosperous Commonwealth in the years ahead.

A full breakdown of the governor’s public safety proposal can be found at the Augusta Free Press

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