Legislature returns in Virginia; governor to outline vision

House of Delegates Sgt. at Arms, Jay Pierson, holds the mace, as he announces the opening of the House session during opening ceremonies at the start of the 2016 Virginia Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

McAuliffe also wants to expand Medicaid and enact new gun control laws, proposals that have slim chances with the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

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