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Morning Buzz — Dec. 18, 2009

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to

School’s out (almost). Fredericksburg kids don’t have to stress out over whether this weekend’s snow will stick around long enough to cancel school on Monday. Today’s their last day before Christmas break.

Budget day. Gov. Tim Kaine will announce his budget plan for the next biennium today. What he says today, and what Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell does to change that proposal when he takes over in January, will have a big effect on what Fredericksburg’s budget looks like next year. Today there are reports that Kaine may make $200 million in cuts to K-12 education, and rumors have been swirling that he could eliminate the $950 million the state reimburses to localities to make it seem like the car tax has partially gone away. That last proposal would most likely make your personal property taxes go up, since most localities don’t have the money to make up for that hit. But McDonnell has said he’s against any tax increases, and wouldn’t keep that in the budget. So stay tuned… (UPDATE: See the early report on the budget release here. Chelyen Davis will have more in tomorrow’s paper.)


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