Governor McAuliffe Wants Trump Fund

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe is looking for additional money to cushion Virginia’s budget from the potential effects of actions taken or proposed by President Donald Trump in the first 68 days of his administration. McAuliffe has proposed 27 amendments to the two-year budget adopted by the General Assembly last month, including restored spending on economic incentives to develop solar power and prepare students for jobs in security, but his focus at a news conference Tuesday was potential damage to the state’s economy by the new president’s actions. McAuliffe cited as evidence Trump’s freeze on federal government hiring, likely cuts in military spending for operations and maintenance, and a budget proposal that, among other things, cuts federal support for environmental programs to restore the Chesapeake Bay.