Balancing Virginia's Budget on our Backs: Part 4
March 1, 2012
(Today is the fourth part of a 4 part series on how the conservative state budget plans are out of touch--and at our expense.)
The Loudoun Times reports, "Virginia's crumbling roads will force lawmakers into 'uncharted territory' this spring, as they divvy up taxpayer dollars to develop a budget, a political science professor predicted Wednesday. Michael McDonald, of George Mason University in Fairfax, said the budget fight could envelop the evenly divided state Senate in partisan gridlock."
Progressive Point: Our roads are in trouble. Virginia needs a long-term, sustainable plan to fix our transportation crisis. But instead, Governor McDonnell and the rest of the conservative legislators in Richmond have only given us maxed out credit cards and more empty promises. Now the conservative State Senate's budget fails to address our transportation crisis at all--passing the buck for another two years.
Our parents and grandparents invested in and built us a system of roads and highways--failing to maintain that system endangers commerce and safety while dishonoring their memory. Over 3500 bridges in the Commonwealth are--right now--considered obsolete or structurally deficient. Their refusal to address these transportation challenges is not leadership and is putting us on the wrong path. Our representatives have to get Virginia moving in the right direction and start funding transportation solutions.
Get the Facts: