RICHMOND, Va — Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday Virginia state employees will not get a pay raise any time soon but on Wednesday, more than 117,000 eligible state government workers will get a one-time bonus.
The boost comes from a state surplus that McDonnell attributed to employees.
“This was an incentive to cut spending,” he told WTOP radio station based in northern Virginia. “What I want to do is create a system so that we don’t have that massive spending at the end of the fiscal year … We cut $10 billion out of our budget. They saved another $175 million on top of that mark, and so that’s where the bonus was paid — out of the savings that was generated out of our state employees.”