Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have unveiled proposed budgets plans aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus.

The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced their own spending plans out of committees with several new proposals Friday.

That includes new funding for mental health services, criminal justice reforms, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities.

The House and Senate budgets have numerous differences that will have to be ironed out after each chambers passes their own version of the budget.

Final approval of a new state spending plan may not happen for several more weeks.

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