Menu

Make a New Account

Username:

Password:



Forget your username or password?


Advertising

Search




Advanced Search


Blog Roll
Who's My Legislator?

Virginia Blogs
Augusta Free Press
Bacon's Rebellion
Blue Ridge Caucus
Coarse Cracked Corn
Crew of 42
DemRulz
Dixie Pig
Equality Loudoun
Greater Greater Washington
Loudoun Progress
Moonhowlings
Not Larry Sabato
Ox Road South Blog
Pilot on Politics" blog
Richmonder
Richmond Sunlight
RTD Virginia Politics blog
Roanoke Times blog
Shad Plank
Vivian Paige
Waldo Jaquith
Waldo's VA Political Blogroll


Find more about Weather in Arlington, VA
Click for weather forecast

ProgressVA: "McDonnell again proposes raiding school funds to pay for roads"

by: lowkell

Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:46:36 AM EST


undefinedFrom Progress Virginia, further evidence that Bob McDonnell's approval ratings deserve to be a LOT lower than they currently are (and would be if Virginians were paying close attention to his failed governorship). Of course, what else but #FAIL could we expect from a guy who was mentored by Pat Robertson, and who hangs out with "birther"/racist/lunatic slimeballs like Donald Trump?

Reaction: McDonnell again proposes raiding school funds to pay for roads

Education is a core and vital function of government, not a free bucket of money to borrow from at will 

ProgressVA today released the following statement from Executive Director Anna Scholl in reaction to news that Governor McDonnell has again proposed raiding the general fund to pay for transportation.

"Once again, Governor McDonnell has proposed to pit education and tranportation against each other in a battle for funding. Providing every child the opportunity to learn and obtain a quality education is a core and essential function of government. Without a well-educated workforce and a functional transportation system, Virginia cannot hope to attract top tier businesses, workers, and families. These home-front investments are an investment in Virginia's economic future."

Since the beginning of the recession, Virginia has reduced state support for K-12 education by $2.6 billion. [The Commonwealth Institute, April 2011] McDonnell has in fact touted his own work to cut "billions" from education in Virginia. [YouTube via ProgressVA, October 2011]

The Governor's justification that previous year "surpluses" compensate for fewer education doesn't hold water. As the Governor well knows, "surpluses" are not free money available to be allocated to current pressing issues. In fact, the vast majority of state funds left unspent at the end of the fiscal year are statutorily obligated to pre-existing programs. Without specific action from the Governor and the General Assembly, those funds cannot be allocated to education to remedy the hole in general fund caused by a sales tax diversion to transportation. A breakdown of last year's budget "surplus" allocation is available from the Roanoke Times

lowkell :: ProgressVA: "McDonnell again proposes raiding school funds to pay for roads"

###

ProgressVA is a multi-issue advocacy organization that communicates progressive values across the Commonwealth. We engage citizens around issues of immediate state and local concern. www.ProgressVA.org  

Tags: , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

Republican Governance (0.00 / 0)
What you are seeing is the result of conservative Republican governance.  Nothing worthwhile for the general population has ever evolved from conservative governance.

Virginia Democrats on Gov. McDonnell's budget "failure" (0.00 / 0)
Today, Virginia Democrats released the following statement in response to Governor McDonnell's proposed amendments to the state's biennial budget:

"As we continue to dig ourselves out of the worst economic period we've seen in decades, it is critical that we focus on a pragmatic approach to sustain Virginia's future as the best place to live, work and raise a family," said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. "The Governor's budget fails to address some of the Commonwealth's core priorities. Raiding money from education to fund transportation not only fails to address the need for Virginia's roads and infrastructure but diverts much-needed funds away from Virginia students.

"As we move in to the 2013 legislative session it is my hope that the members of the General Assembly will put politics ahead of ideology and move forward to do what's best for Virginia's hard working families."

Chair of the Democratic Senate Caucus McEachin continued, "The state's budget should be a moral document that reflects the values and priorities of  Virginians. I find unconscionable the Governor's decision not to include any funding for the expansion of Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Virginia's working poor. Expanding Medicaid will provide essential health care to hard-working Virginians who are struggling to support families as well as create jobs. In the upcoming General Assembly session, I hope to work with my collegues in the legislature to grow jobs and improve health care for Virginians by expanding Medicaid."

"Governor McDonnell had the opportunity to make a substantial investment in Virginia's diverse and growing health care economy," said Chair of the Democratic House Caucus Sickles. "McDonnell's failure to address routine health care for over 400,000 Virginians is irresponsible and counterproductive.  I look forward to working with members of the General Assembly over the next few months to expand access to Medicaid and affordable health care for Virginia seniors and working poor."  



Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

Advertising

8th CD Dem Candidates
*Don Beyer *Lavern Chatman *Adam Ebbin *Bill Euille *Charniele Herring *Patrick Hope *Derek Hyra *Mark Levine *Alfonso Lopez *Bruce Shuttleworth *Mark Sickles *Nancy Najarian *Satish Korpe
FOLLOW BLUE VIRGINIA on SOCIAL MEDIA


Donate to Blue Virginia

About
The purpose of Blue Virginia is to cover Virginia politics from a progressive and Democratic perspective. This is a group blog and a community blog. We invite everyone to comment here, but please be aware that profanity, personal attacks, bigotry, insults, rudeness, frequent unsupported or off-point statements, "trolling" (NOTE: that includes outright lies, whether about climate science, or what other people said, or whatever), and "troll ratings abuse" (e.g., "troll" rating someone simply because you disagree with their argument) are not permitted and, if continued, will lead to banning. For more on trolling, see the Daily Kos FAQs. Also note that diaries may be deleted if they do not contain at least 2 solid paragraphs of original text; if not, please use the comments section of a relevant diary. For more on writing diaries, click here. Thanks, and enjoy!

P.S. You can contact us at lowell@raisingkaine.com and you can subscribe to Lowell's Twitter feed here. If you'd like to subscribe to Miles Grant's Twitter feed, click here. For Teacherken, click here. For Kindler, click here.

P.P.S. To see the Blue Virginia archive, please click here. To see the Raising Kaine archive, please click here. To see the Blue Commonwealth archive, please click here.



RSS Feed

Subscribe to Blue Virginia - Front Page


Real Time Web Analytics
Powered by: SoapBlox