Gov. George Allen last week proposed to pay for tax cuts with spending cuts that would slash state arts programs, public radio and television, university think tanks, and health care for the poor.

Allen announced $2.1 billion in tax cuts in early December. At the time state Democratic Party chairman Mark Warner was quoted as saying that the tax cuts would result in "the mother of all mandates" because part of the proposal was to eliminate a major tax collected by localities.

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