Virginia Progressive Caucus Releases 2012 General Assembly Report Card

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    Cross-posted from the Virginia Progressive Caucus website at http://vaprogressivecaucus.blo…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 16, 2012

    Contact: Nicholas Kessler, 804-381-6647

    vaprogressivecaucus@gmail.com

    VIRGINIA PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS RELEASES 2012 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REPORT CARD

    General Assembly Has Failed On The Issues Affecting Virginians

    Richmond – Today, following “Crossover” at the Virginia General Assembly, members of the Progressive Caucus released a “2012 Report Card” showing that the legislature has earned failing grades on all of the subjects that affect the lives of Virginians.

    The General Assembly’s leaders have made this a divisive session: from their refusal to produce meaningful jobs legislation, to their decision to ignore common-sense measures to protect our natural resources, to their long list of destructive bills designed to take away Virginians’ rights. They have missed the opportunity to make progress on the important issues affecting the daily lives of Virginians.

    Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), co-Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, said, “Conservatives campaigned on a pledge to address real issues to help Virginia families, but instead their radical right-wing agenda has been the focus and has only made problems worse. We believe it’s time to put partisanship and ideology aside to work toward real solutions that grow our economy, repair Virginia’s crumbling infrastructure, and invest in a world-class education for our children so they can compete in a global economy.”

    Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), co-Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, said, “It’s time to invest in a Virginia that works for everyone. We should be supporting working middle-class Virginians, not taking away their rights. Virginians across the Commonwealth are concerned about creating jobs and getting our economy on track. It’s time for Virginia’s leaders to put Virginia families first. We need to move the state forward, not drag it backward.”

    2012 REPORT CARD

    Name:              Virginia General Assembly

    Period:             Crossover

    Subject:                                                                                Grade:

    Job Creation…………………………………………………………………..F

    Education … ………………………………………………………………….F

    Health Care … ……………………………………………………………….F

    Environment … ………………………………………………………………F

    Voting Rights … ……………………………………………………………..F

    Transportation … ……………………………………………………………F

    Workers’ Rights … ………………………………………………………….F

    Immigrants’ Rights … ………………………………………………………F

    LGBT Rights … ……………………………………………………………….F

    Women’s Right To Choose … ……………………………………………..F

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