Virginia Sheriffs angry over Governor's retirement contribution proposal
By Kyle Maichle
RICHMOND, Virginia: The Virginia Sheriffs Association is against a proposal in the 2011 state budget that would require state employees to contribute five percent of their salaries to their retirement benefits. Also, the Sheriffs Association is critical of Governor Bob McDonnell's proposed budget cuts to law enforcement. 
Despite the retirement contribution plan would require local governments to provide a three percent salary increase, local law enforcement are concerned with the proposed cuts of $13 million to the Sheriffs and Sheriffs Deputies budget. The Association has called on the General Assembly to restore the budget cuts when they meet to consider the budget. If the budget cuts are not restored, local governments may have to lay off deputies and adjust their budgets accordingly. A concern of the Sheriffs Association going into the 2011 budget is that Sheriffs have faced years of underfunding in previous state budgets. 
No date has been set on when the General Assembly will vote on the budget.