Worst of the Week: Not putting Virginia's working families first
February 10, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports the priority of conservative lawmakers the first half of Virginia's legislative session has been a social agenda including, "Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions. Tougher voter identification standards. Repeal of a limit on handgun purchases." This was despite the fact, "Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell warned his colleagues not to overreach now that they controlled both houses of the legislature, but to focus on the economy and jobs."
Progressive Point: Virginians want their representatives to focus on fixing the economy, creating jobs, and improving infrastructure and our transportation system. Conservatives campaigned on these issues, but instead of helping Virginia families they are choosing to support special interests. Introducing 34 bills on handguns and 12 bills interfering with women's private medical decisions is not helping create jobs. Pushing 32 different bills to increase tax giveaways and loopholes for big corporations is not helping our Commonwealth's economy--it's actually damaging Virginia by defunding our budget for schools, roads, and other important programs that serve us all.
Virginia's voters need their lawmakers to focus on finding economic solutions and stop spending their time on ideological issues. They have wasted the first half of the short legislative session on partisanship when they should have been pushing legislation that would support working Virginians. It's time for Richmond to start helping Virginia's struggling working families and stop trying to take away their rights. It's time to invest in a Virginia that works for everyone.
Get the Facts: Conservatives have spent the first half of Virginia's General Assembly session introducing: