Worst of the Week: Cutting school and safety net funding for special interests
February 17, 2012
On Sunday, the Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees will release their modifications to Governor Bob McDonnell's budget. The Washington Post reports that McDonnell's proposed budget would, rather than find new sources of revenue, "move millions from public schools and health care... The House has largely endorsed McDonnell's plan to divert $110 million from the general fund, which pays for core services such as education and health care, to spend on transportation. But the Senate balked, instead proposing a plan that would raise the gas tax to reflect inflation."
Progressive Point: Governor McDonnell wants to rob our schools and safety net to pay for his personal priorities - and conservative controlled House of Delegates wants to help him do it. Our elected officials must not sacrifice our children's education and health care for working Virginians so that they can pay for their own pet projects.
Virginia's voters demand that their representatives serve their needs and not the needs of special interests. Keeping corporate tax loopholes and giveaways, while cutting K-12 education funding and shrinking Virginia's safety net, is not representing our interests and is not in line with Virginia's values. It's time to invest in a Virginia that works for our working families. It's time for our leaders to put Virginia's families first.
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