Senate Democrats Outline Differences on the Budget
Standing Up for Virginia's Families
Senate Democrats deliver letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell outlining substantive differences on the budget
Today, Senators Richard L. Saslaw and A. Donald McEachin sent Governor McDonnell a letter articulating their specific policy differences with Republicans on the budget.
Democrats stand with Virginians, who are demanding real answers to the transportation crisis, schools that prepare their children for the global economy, and a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.
Senators Saslaw and McEachin conclude by asking the Governor to "get positively invested in the budget process...Your constructive leadership is needed to resolve this impasse."
"The Senate Democrats stand ready to engage in useful dialogue to meet the needs of all Virginians throughout this Commonwealth," they write.
Richmond, Virginia — March 7, 2012 —In a statement issued today, Senator Barbara A. Favola (D- Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun) said, "I am confident that the Senate will adopt a budget in plenty of time to fund the next fiscal year's Programs- which start on July 1, 2012. Some Republicans are upset that the Democrats are not just 'going along' with their proposed plan, but I believe I have an obligation to fight for my constituents and the quality of life they cherish so deeply.
"I am working in good faith across the aisle to produce a budget that will serve all Virginians. There are certain areas, however, that are a priority to me and I am insisting that these areas get adequately funded. They include K-12 public education, safety net programs such as community-based health centers, transit funding- particularly rail to Dulles, and services for low-income children and the elderly.
"I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will work with me to achieve my budgetary goals, understanding that the 'give and take' may take a bit longer than expected but will result in better public policy and a better budget."