The House and Senate debated and passed their amended budgets yesterday(Feb. 12).
While revenue collections are slightly up in recent weeks, overall spending is down over a billion dollars since the two-year budget was enacted in 2014.
Both spending plans add pay raises for state workers and eliminate new and increased business fees proposed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
House leaders say instead of creating new programs they chose to reinvest in core functions of government.
Democrats say the budget does not do enough to advance kitchen table issues.