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Virginia Republicans Seem Determined to Foil the Future


It isn’t just Medicaid expansion that has been obstructed by “conservatives.” As Staunton School Board member Joel Grogan points out, the new state budget sets funding for schools at pre-2009 levels. The economic impact of this epic legislative failure washes over the future of Virginia. This is McDonnell’s leadership legacy.

Whether GOP legislators want to believe it or not, Virginia education is already in crisis. Grogan discussed the departure of Waynesboro High School Teacher of the Year Josh Waldron. After six years of teaching, this accomplished young man is taking home only $100 a month more than when he started.

“The job, though, is about much more. And I have very real concerns about the sustainability of public education in Waynesboro (and as a whole).” – Josh Waldron in his personal blog

Grogan wishes that the organization that represents school board issues hadn’t shied away from the Medicaid expansion issue. He was told that they had to stay away from it because the organization is nonpartisan. But this, he says, is not a political issue; it’s a moral issue and an economic issue. He argues it is a myth that this is a political issue, pointing out that there are about a dozen states with Republican Governors and legislatures that have either found a way to expand Medicaid or are on the way to it. Even in Virginia, a traditionally conservative organization, the State Chamber of Commerce, favors expansion, proving it isn’t a left and right issue. This expansion will create 33,000 jobs.

At least Staunton’s Republican state Senator, Emmett Hanger, has broken ranks to plow a path toward a special session that can consider expansion. That means that the battle is not over. Grogan calls for remaining positive and holding our delegates’ feet to the fire on this issue.

  • pvogel

    In bad times  , people retrench,  become  less like dems  and  more like  republicans.       The GOP  has  no interest  in  improving the usa,  ever

  • BlueDevil1215

    Not so much.  In the 1930s, in worse times than these, people became more liberal than ever, and put the Reps on the defensive for many years.  It’s a matter of communication, leadership, and determination.

    And we’re not doing so badly in those areas now.  Sure, we don’t have expansion yet, and may not get it this year, but we have a determined legislative cadre in the Senate, an effective governor, and the debate moving in our direction.  Cham of Comm, media hospitals, and organizers all over the state are pulling in the same direction.  The message is getting out.

    We need to keep up the pressure.  The other side is counting on our giving up, so we need to keep pushing.