Pass the Buck Bob costs Virginia in national rankings
July 11, 2012
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, "Virginia is no longer the top state for business. The state fell to third place in CNBC's sixth annual listing of the best states in the nation in which to do business, the financial news cable network said Tuesday... The state's biggest drop came in the infrastructure and transportation category. With delayed highway improvements and a commute that is among the worst in the country, Virginia dipped to No. 33 in that category, down from 10th a year ago, CNBC said. Infrastructure -- specifically the state's perpetually clogged highways -- has long been an issue in fast-growing Virginia, CNBC said."
Progressive Point: The nation's business community is finally commenting on what Virginia families have known for years--failing to invest in our communities has had a negative effect on our economy. Fixing these failures means focusing on making--not waiting for--things to get better. But Bob McDonnell has only passed the buck on providing solutions.
The business community has finally noted the toll that failure to invest in our communities has taken in Virginia and joined the rising chorus of Virginians demanding solutions. Businesses and families alike know that investment is vital to the economic success of our communities--not passing the buck on fixing roads, refusing to find revenue to pay for it, and taking a cuts-only approach that stymies economic growth. Bob McDonnell hasn't listened to Virginia families' demands for solutions but perhaps now he'll listen to business. The consensus is unanimous that it's time to do something about Virginia's infrastructure.
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