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Norment touches on topics close to home

Norment touches on topics close to home

The General Assembly might be in recess, but that does not mean the Senate's majority leader is on spring vacation.

Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment touched on a raft of state political issues during a meeting with the Kiwanis Club.

Norment touched on the state's budget troubles, defense spending and jobs during the Wednesday afternoon engagement.

The James City County Republican downplayed the state's $1.5 billion budget gap that Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last August.

The shortfall Virginia had was small in comparison to the state's $107 billion budget, Norment said.

"Those of you who are businessman, you budget," he said. "If you come...