RICHMOND Virginia Gov. George Allen's proposal to finance his $820 million criminal justice reform package with tax-exempt bonds has lawmakers concerned that too much of the state's debt capacity would be tied up in one place.

Members of the public safety and human resources subcommittees of the state Senate's finance committee said at a joint hearing yesterday that the proposals could mean forgoing debt issuance for road, school, and other projects in the next decade and put the state's triple-A credit rating on thin ice.

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