Teachers or tax breaks?
March 30, 2012
The Washington Post reports, "A coalition opposed to a state pension overhaul is urging Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to veto the plan, which was drafted and approved in the final hours of the Virginia General Assembly session. Contending that lawmakers did not understand what was in the '11th hour' legislation, groups representing current and retired teachers, firefighters and police said at a Capitol Square news conference Thursday that the plan would reduce retirement benefits for many current employees."
Progressive Point: Teachers, firefighters, and police officers spend their days improving and protecting our communities. Instead of honoring their lifetime of service, Bob McDonnell and conservatives in the General Assembly pushed through a last minute plan to make it harder for these folks to make ends meet in retirement. Community servants weren't to blame for the economic meltdown and Virginia's budget problems and they shouldn't be the scapegoat now.
We should honor those who protect our neighborhoods and teach our children every day, and the Commonwealth must honor the promise it made to them for their service. Our legislators have a choice: teachers, firefighters, and police officers or tax breaks, pet projects, and special interests. For Virginians, it's not a choice at all.
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