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

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

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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

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  • Bumble Bee

    What you are seeing is the result of conservative Republican governance.  Nothing worthwhile for the general population has ever evolved from conservative governance.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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.”