Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond paper offers this list of the winners and losers under the Commonwealth's new budget.
His column says, among other things: "Full funding of $50,000 is restored to the Coalfield Regional Tourism Authority. There are also bucks for Breaks Interstate Park. No doubt both are favorites of Sen. William C. Wampler Jr., R-Bristol. Wampler, also angling for a new prison in his district, is fast becoming the Virginia Senate's answer to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., a big believer in jump-starting ailing regional economies with taxpayer dollars from other areas of the state."
Senator Wampler probably laughed aloud when he read that.