McDonnell passes the buck on Virginia's bills
May 4, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot editorializes, "The practice of siphoning money from municipal coffers to support state responsibilities has provided Virginia's government with a solid stream of revenue to weather tough financial times... Opponents note, correctly, that state lawmakers are simply trying to change their own rules to get more money without dirtying their hands with calls for a tax increase or cuts to services."
Progressive Point: For Virginia families, fiscal responsibility means making the money to pay your bills. But Governor Bob McDonnell's refusal to raise revenue to pay for the basic functions of government has left him raiding coffers in our local communities. Our cities and counties work hard for us: providing quality public education and public safety protections. When Bob McDonnell raids local bank accounts, he threatens our local communities.
Our elected officials shouldn't pass on tough choices--but that's exactly what Bob McDonnell is doing. When working Virginians have bills to pay we can't simply take money from someone else to pay them. We can't pass the buck on our bills and Bob McDonnell can't either.
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