From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The new budget weighs in at $74 billion -- almost 20 percent more than the previous biennial budget of $62 billion.Let's see a show of hands. How many of you had a 20% increase in your personal income in the last two years?
... lawmakers will return this summer or fall to consider yet more spending -- and, undoubtedly, more demands for more taxes -- for transportation.
In the meantime, a Democratic Governor who waited all of six days before breaking his no-tax pledge won popularity points for promising not to let widows and orphans starve if the do-nothing Republicans in the legislature couldn't get their act together.
The negotiators have agreed to a 20-percent spending hike and a promise to come back later for another bite at the apple. If this constitutes a victory for fiscal conservatism, imagine what profligacy must look like. (link)
Lest you all forget, this bunch works for you.