Virginia's Governor: No-show Job Bob
April 6, 2012
The Roanoke Times editorializes on the state government shifting road maintenance costs to counties, "We agree with probably every county government in Virginia that shifting responsibility for secondary road maintenance from the state to counties is a terrible idea. At least it is if the only thing that changes is who pays the bills.... Lawmakers find it appealing because it would allow them to remove a costly line-item from the state budget. They remain loathe to increase revenue. Counties hate it because it could be a hefty unfunded mandate that would force them to raise local taxes. If the state makes counties pay for road maintenance, counties at least would need to receive the money that now goes to Richmond for roads."
Progressive Point: It would be nice if we could all have no-show jobs: just collect our paychecks and not do the work. Gov. Bob McDonnell is taking the tax dollars we paid for transportation but not doing the job. We face big transportation challenges but McDonnell is handing off responsibility, forcing counties to do the work and foot the bill. Hard working Virginians wish they could all be so lucky.
Being the Governor comes with decision-makign responsibilities. But yet again, McDonnell is passing the buck on using the money he's collected from our taxes to repair our transportation infrastructure. Simply put, No-Show Bob isn't doing the job. None of us expect a free ride--we proudly do our jobs and fulfill our duties every day. Our Governor should be expected to do the same.
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