McDonnell cutting our community funding, keeping our taxes
July 9, 2012
The Roanoke Times editorializes, "Cities, counties and towns across the commonwealth have felt more than a little put upon in recent years by state budget cuts that have slashed support for public schools, law enforcement and other local services. It turns out they have reason to be annoyed... The commonwealth walked back support to localities by 8.5 percent between 2009 and 2010. Only New Mexico and Wyoming conducted harsher reductions."
Progressive Point: Virginia families and small businesses pay their taxes to ensure we have good schools, public safety protections, and functioning infrastructure. But while we're working harder than ever, Gov. McDonnell is taking our tax money and cutting community funding. One billion dollars in community cuts means our police officers, firefighters, and students suffer from less money to fix our roads, repair our kids' schools, and provide essential community services.
Bob McDonnell is passing the buck on providing community services but not passing along the funds required to pay for them. Since conservatives in Richmond refuse to allow localities raise revenues on their own to fill this budget hole, we hurt even more. Cuts to police and firefighter services mean our communities are less safe. Cuts to teachers and school hurts our children and cuts investments in our economic future. Cuts to community services damages everyone's quality of life. Our cities and counties are working hard for us, but Bob McDonnell cutting $1 billion from our communities hurts our businesses and families alike.
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