Senate Democrats Vote for Budget that Better Funds Schools and the Social Safety Net

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    Democrats win fight to restore millions to public schools, reduce the cost of tolls, get aid for homeowners, and repair the social safety net

    Today, Senate Democrats voted for an improved budget that adds millions to support public schools, reduce the cost of tolls, help families who have suffered during the foreclosure crisis, and protect the safety net that supports the most vulnerable Virginians. Over the past decade, Democrats have consistently fought for these priorities.

    The budget passed the Senate with bipartisan support, 35 to 4.

    “I’m pleased the Senate has passed this budget, which better funds our public schools and protects the social safety net so many folks have depended on. I hope the House passes this budget, and the Governor signs it,” said Democratic Leader Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax).

    “This is a good day for Virginia families. We’re pleased we got a budget that restores millions of dollars to support public schools, ensures families won’t be hit with budget-busting tolls, repairs the safety net for the most vulnerable Virginians, gets some relief for homeowners hurt by the foreclosure crisis.  It is our hope that the Governor and our colleagues in the House of Delegates will agree to support this budget,” said Senator A. Donald McEachin.

    “Senate Democrats fought hard, as in years past, against cuts to public education and cuts to the safety net for Virginians in desperate need. In addition, this budget brings $300 million in toll relief for the Dulles rail project. Because Democrats fought hard, the state is making a major contribution toward the completion of Phase 2,” said Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax).

    Senate Democrats fought to restore cuts and improve upon the Governor’s and the Senate Republicans’ budget.

    – Democrats won $5.9 million of funding to help keep 1,500 disabled and elderly citizens in their communities and out of nursing homes. Funding for daycare for at-risk children was restored to $2.4 million. The service that helps Virginians with physical disabilities will now receive $870,000 to help them find employment.

    – The improved budget also capitalizes the Housing Trust fund, which will assist families who suffered during the foreclosure crisis.

    – Senate Democrats also restored cuts to teen pregnancy prevention proposed by the Governor.

    – Democrats also added over $18 million of cost-of-competing money for Northern Virginia public schools.

    • pol

      I told them thanks for standing firm on the budget and that I was proud of our Senate Democrats.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Perhaps we need to note where the additional money came from to add funds for state functions like education, Madicaid for the elderly and the indigent, etc. The money came from the law suit against the predatory mortgage lenders who set off the Great Recession. At some point in the future, Virginia will have to look to its own tax code, loaded up with tax breaks for those who buy the favor of legislators, and find the necessary money to fund vital state services and to provide for a growing population.

      Plus, I see no solution to obscene tolls in Tidewater in simply postponing them until 2014 (conveniently, after McDonnell leaves office).