Pass the Buck Bob's budget
December 16, 2011
Instead of finding new revenue to fix our streets, Governor McDonnell is taking funding from other state projects to pay for transportation needs and passing down road responsibilities onto struggling localities. For his own budget numbers, McDonnell has deferred payments to the retirement system, proposed reducing benefits for teachers, firefighters, and police, and is now trying to make local governments pick up the tab.
Progressive Point: Governor McDonnell has a history of passing the buck instead of paying his fair share. McDonnell doesn't want to make the tough choices. Instead of paying for new roads, his plan is to take money from other state projects and pass off the rest of the bill onto localities. Instead of honestly balancing the budget, he's withheld retirement payments for men and women who have served the Commonwealth, tried to reduce the benefits for these same public servants, and is now trying to make local governments pay what he won't.
Pass the Buck Bob won't pay his own bill. He's passed on fixing our roads. He's passed on the retirement needs of our teachers, police, and firemen. Now, Pass the Buck Bob is passing on paying for Virginia's entire budget. He'd rather keep tax loopholes and cut state services and education funding than take a balanced approach.
Bob McDonnell's policies prioritize Bob McDonnell, and they are policies that are passing Virginia's families by.