A battle won in the budget war
March 27, 2012
The Roanoke Times reports that yesterday, "The politically divided Senate voted 35-4 to pass its own version of a two-year $85 billion budget, something it failed to do during the regular legislative session that ended March 10. Senate Democrats had twice blocked passage of a budget bill before winning some concessions on funding for schools and health and human services programs, and on provisions to mitigate tolls for major transportation projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads."
Progressive Point: Yesterday, after weeks of negotiations, the State Senate passed a budget that responds to the needs and priorities of Virginia's families. While not perfect, this budget represents a progressive step forward from the conservative proposal that would have left many of our students and seniors behind. While it should never be partisan politics to protect the essential community services represented in the state budget, yesterday's overwhelming agreement is a victory for our shared Virginia values.
As the budget heads to conference committee, it is essential to remember that we are not done fighting for progressive priorities in the budget despite yesterday's victory. Our representatives must stand firm in putting Virginia families first and protect their constituents over corporate special interests.
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