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Whatta bargain, Spark Plug!

Ever mindful of your wallet, the General Assembly is only going to budget $800,000 of taxpayer money to help retire the debt of the Virginia Horse Center, a private facility in Lexington. The House had wanted $1,260,000 - but the Senate held back.

"There was some giving and taking and the giving was very painful," [Del. Vince] Callahan [R-Fairfax] said.

"We have never had a budget without me eating a goodly number of toads," [Sen. John] Chichester [R- Fredericksburg] said. "When the toads are distributed equally, we've got a pretty good budget within the parameters of limited revenues."

Those boys from Down South the Rappahannock sure do talk funny.