McDonnell, McAuliffe Meet to Discuss 2-Year Budget

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left to right: Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, on November 7 left to right: Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, on November 7

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe says the man he's replacing in the state's highest office has been a "class act." McAuliffe met with Governor Bob McDonnell Thursday afternoon, with less than a month until inauguration.

McAuliffe has been very complimentary of McDonnell since winning last month's election. Both say, despite political differences, they want this to be the smoothest transition ever.

McAuliffe and the governor have met formally and informally several times, and both chiefs of staff have spoken on almost a daily basis during the past month.

Thursday, they met to discuss the state's two-year budget, which McDonnell will introduce on Monday. There are bound to be some differences there, but McAuliffe says working with his Republican predecessor has been a pleasure.

“This is not about Democrats or Republicans, this is about the commonwealth of Virginia and, as I've always said, Governor Bob McDonnell has put Virginia first and he truly has been a class act in making this transition go as smooth as it's been,” said McAuliffe.

McAuliffe announced Thursday morning he will nominate current McDonnell staffer Karen Jackson as secretary of technology. She joins Secretary of finance Ric Brown as the second returning administration official.

The next month will be a busy one for both men. McDonnell says he still wants to cement some of his recent reforms before leaving office, and McAuliffe has just 30 days before he takes the oath of office.

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