It is to be expected that this bill would draw a lot of attention from individual members. But what is unexpected -- and even shocking, to this writer -- are the number of proposed amendments that would grant state monies to private, nonprofit organizations for general operating purposes, annual funds, construction, promotion, etc.
I've written about this on my own blog, and in one of the comments, there was this:
"Nor shall the General Assembly make any like appropriation to any charitable institution which is not owned or controlled by the Commonwealth; the General Assembly may, however, make appropriations to nonsectarian institutions for the reform of youthful criminals and may also authorize counties, cities, or towns to make such appropriations to any charitable institution or association."
Va. Constitution Va. Con. Art. 4 § 16 (1971)
Looking over some of these requests, it seems to me that many of them fly in the face of Art. 4, Section 16.
If the Legislature is genuinely serious about reducing costs, one of the first places to begin is with these amendments.