Annotations & Elucidations The Budget Blues

Upon our communications department's return today, we offer a lengthy News Stand. Most of the news is dominated by the commonwealth's budget situation, to wit, too much money was designated to be spent, while not enough of it is actually coming in. Ergo, deficits . . . and more major cuts. The Kaine administration has made a habit of this — optimistically over estimating revenues in order to pay for its grandiose spending, such as the unwanted pre-K program.

The governor says the cuts will be painful. Perhaps so, but so has been witnessing his administration's budget crafting process. He could have saved everyone a lot of time and pain by being honest from the get-go instead of trying to pull one over on the entire state. Instead, we get deficit after deficit and mid-course budget cuts after mid-course budget cuts — except this time, the cuts are for a budget not even two months old.


Kaine seeks new round of Virginia budget cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine says Virginia should brace for more cuts (Roanoke Times)

Kaine Warns Of 'Painful' Cuts In Va. Services (Washington Post)

Kaine warns of still more spending cutbacks (Washington Times)

Kaine calls for cuts of $1.5B from Va. Budget (Northern Virginia Daily)

N.Va. Looking for Reassurance From Deeds (Washington Post)

In Va. Gov.'s Race, No Limits on Gifts or Questions (Washington Post)

In the Race for Governor, Voters Consider the President (Washington Post)

Young Voters Split for the Moment (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

ODU severs ties with Del. Hamilton at teacher center (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Job talks preceded ODU bill (The Daily Press)

Shannon vows toughness on Internet child predators (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Goodlatte Sets Town Hall Meeting At TA (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Boucher touts idea of health care co-ops (Roanoke Times)

National News:

Medical Groups Promoted HPV Vaccine Using Drug Company Money(Washington Post)

Law Requiring Ultrasounds for Abortions Is Struck Down (Washington Post)