A budget with Virginia values
March 6, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Virginia Senate Democrats stated in response to the conservative budget proposals, "'The Senate Democrats have and will continue to reject budgets that divert General Fund money from public safety, education and the elderly,' the letter reads. 'We oppose public policy that thinks it is acceptable to displace 4,500 nursing home residents. We oppose maintaining public education funding at less than 2007 amounts and allowing student teacher ratios to exceed SOQ levels while giving tax credits to corporations supporting exclusive private academies.'"
Progressive Point: Bob McDonnell and our representatives in the General Assembly were elected to create jobs and build a stronger Virginia, but their conservative budget proposals don't meet Virginia's needs. There's no hiding that they want to fund yesterday's schools, not tomorrow's, while kicking thousands of seniors off of long term care and failing to address our transportation challenges.
Growing our economy and investing in our future means providing for strong public schools, fulfilling our promises to seniors, and fixing our transportation system. Driven by ideology instead of good public policy, conservatives want to force Virginians to choose between essential community services. But education, senior care, and transportation are nonnegotiable. Conservatives need to come back to the table to draft a new budget that meets the needs of virginia families. Our elected officials must make the budget's priorities reflect our priorities.
Get the Facts: Virginians want our leaders to create jobs and build a strong economy but the current budget won't get us there.