|Richmond, VA — Just a few months after Governor Bob McDonnell held a celebratory press conference to tout a “surplus” built on borrowing, gimmicks and unmet obligations, the realities of Virginia’s budget situation are beginning to catch up with him.
Predicting a revenue shortfall, the Governor has asked state agencies to submit plans to cut 2, 4, and 6 percent from their operating budgets. As McDonnell and his administration prepare the budget, Democratic leaders from across Virginia urged the Governor to put middle class families first and reject the draconian cuts to education and core services that have defined his budget approach so far.
State Senator Louise Lucas said, “Year after year of massive budget cuts may play well with national Tea Party leaders, but the middle class pays the price. Bob McDonnell must do his part to make Virginia’s economy work for everyone again by restoring his massive cuts to education, health care and other public goods that level the playing field and keep struggling families on their feet. There is no more time for excuses while working families struggle to make ends meet.”
Delegate Jennifer McLellan added, “This budget is Bob McDonnell’s chance to show Virginians what kind of Commonwealth he thinks they deserve. Democrats are ready to work with the Governor to make our schools, our communities and our economy the best in the world, but it’s up to him to put politics aside and deliver for the middle class families who elected him to lead.”
“If Virginia is going to remain economically competitive we need to be investing more in schools, public safety and job creation, not less.” said Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran. “Virginians can’t afford for this Governor’s legacy to be Tea Party budget cuts to services they need.”