State cuts could help Grayson prison

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — A plan released last month by Gov. Tim Kaine to close a $1.35 billion shortfall in the state budget may benefit the new prison under construction in Grayson County.

Earlier this year, state officials said Virginia's General Assembly did not include operating funds for the county's new prison in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

Virginia Department of Corrections Spokesman Larry Traylor told The Gazette that without further funding action, the opening date could be delayed — meaning nearly 350 jobs expected to come next year may have to wait.

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