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Va. governor signs anti-terror measure

Gov. Mark R. Warner signed anti-terrorism legislation Wednesday and issued an executive order under which the state will make up the salary difference for state workers called to active duty in the National Guard or military services. “We should do all we can to make them financially whole,” the governor said. The policy, Executive Order 44, would provide supplemental pay to fill the difference between state employees’ normal salary and their lower military pay. Warner Press Secretary Ellen Qualls told United Press International that about 200 state employees have been called to active duty, at an estimated cost of $600,000. The governor also urged the state’s private sector to follow the lead of state government, for businesses that can afford to supplement the pay of active-duty members. Full Story

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