A budget that puts Virginia's families first
March 21, 2012
This morning, advocacy organizations from across Virginia gathered to urge lawmakers to put Virginia families first in their negotiations. The proposed House and Senate budgets give away hundreds of thousands of dollars to corporate special interests and the 1% while Virginia families are left behind.
Progressive Point: Budgets are a roadmap for our priorities as a community, but this one is leading us in the wrong direction. Lawmakers in Richmond have proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in handouts to corporations and the 1% while essential community services on which Virginia families depend are left behind. The proposed Senate budget can't find the money to adequately fund public education and cuts over 4500 seniors out of Medicaid care, but the state is giving away $40 million in tax credits to coal companies and another $25 million in private school tax credits.
Virginians want a budget that reflects our priorities. Our representatives need to take the time to get it right. Its time to stop the political games and corporate handouts and negotiate a budget that puts Virginia families first.
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