Bob McDonnell: Cuts your services, keeps your taxes
March 29, 2012
The Daily Progress editorializes, "Deteriorating roads: Whose fault? The state's fault. But, increasingly, the locality's responsibility. Albemarle County faces a looming burden in the form of its secondary roads. These roads traditionally have been the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation. But as Richmond sheds its duties and dumps them on localities, the county is being forced to pick up those services at its own expense if they are to be provided. And when Richmond slices services, does it also lower taxes? Not on your life."
Progressive Point: Thanks to the Great Recession, Virginia families have had to make tough choices and work harder while spending less. But in Richmond, Governor Bob McDonnell is just doing less while spending the same. His budget would cut health care for seniors and keep tax breaks for the wealthy. McDonnell is suspending state maintenance of our neighborhood roads, passing the responsibility down onto our localities, but keeping funding and our tax dollars for his own political priorities.
Cutting our services while keeping our taxes is not putting families first. By shirking his responsibilities, Bob McDonnell is putting Virginia families in the back seat, big business in the drivers', and then telling our counties and cities it's their job to fix the roads. Every day Virginians are being forced to do more with less--but it should never be because their Governor is passing the buck.
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