Bob-O-Meter: Tracking the promises of Gov. Bob McDonnell
PolitiFact Virginia has compiled promises that Bob McDonnell made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Bob-O-Meter.
We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Bob-o-meter page for details on our ratings.)
The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.
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Reduce still births, low birth weights and improve child health care
"By maintaining (Medicaid) eligibility for pregnant mothers at current levels and promoting education and care for pregnant mothers, we will reduce low birth weights, still births, and long-term health issues for children who will be enrolled after birth in Medicaid programs."
Update May 12th, 2013:
Birth weights are up, stillbirths down
Appoint public school turnaround leader
As governor, Bob McDonnell will appoint a public school turnaround leader, at the Department of Education, whose sole mission will be to focus on the underperforming schools and set in motion urgent plans to eliminate obstacles to success.
Update April 22nd, 2013:
Plan goes through changes
Consolidate workforce training programs
We will consolidate the 23 different workforce training programs we have that are currently spread across nine state agencies and make our community colleges the hub of our workforce training efforts.
Update April 17th, 2013:
Programs under central supervision
Audit the Department of Medical Assistance Services
"As governor, Bob McDonnell will require an independent performance audit of the Department of Medical Assistance Services seeking cost savings while streamlining bureaucratic red tape and eliminating waste."
Update March 10th, 2013:
One audit complete, another in the works
Seek tougher penalties for gang recruitment
To adequately punish those engaged in recruiting members into gangs, McDonnell will propose that this offense be increased to a Class 6 felony. Additionally, while the current holds that an adult who solicits, invites, recruits or encourages a juvenile to actively participate or become a member of a gang is guilty of a Class 6 felony, McDonnell will propose that the General Assembly elevate this offense to a Class 5 felony.
Update March 3rd, 2013:
General Assembly kills bill
Award 100,000 additional degrees
McDonnell's plan for higher education includes "100,000 additional Associates and Bachelors' Degrees over the next 15 years."
Update January 18th, 2013:
Long-range plan has begun
Consolidate asset forfeiture laws
Will propose amendments to asset forfeiture laws in 2011 General Assembly session.
Update January 13th, 2013:
After year delay, new laws approved
Seek tougher identity theft laws
McDonnell will propose legislation to toughen Virginia’s identity theft laws. Individuals who obtain identities with the intent to sell or distribute them will be subject to a Class 4 felony. Further, in addition to any other offenses (grand larceny, for example), thieves who use stolen identities to buy merchandise, to impersonate a law enforcement officer, or to impede a criminal investigation, will be subject to a Class 5 felony.
Update January 6th, 2013:
Bill coming up again this winter
Seek tougher penalties for crimes against elderly
McDonnell will propose legislation to create a greater deterrent for, and to punish more harshly, those crimes where the victims are ruthlessly selected due to their age and perceived vulnerability.
Update December 23rd, 2012:
McDonnell proposal nixed by General Assembly
Ban gifts during procurement process
Ban gifts over a certain amount to the executive department during the procurement process.
Update December 17th, 2012:
Gift ban passed with large loopholes
Implement drug education program
McDonnell will implement a standard for programs that teach students how drugs can negatively impact physical and mental health, as well as the social consequences of substance abuse that reach children at a variety of ages.
Update December 10th, 2012:
A change in course
Start performance pay program
"Bob McDonnell will establish a pilot program for performance pay for state managers."
Update December 3rd, 2012:
Tiny step taken
Seek increase in crime conviction fees
Governor McDonnell will propose an increase to the mandatory statutory fee for conviction of crimes. The fee for a misdemeanor will increase from $5 to $15, and the fee for a felony will increase from $15 to $40.
Update December 2nd, 2012:
Costs for crimes increased
Seek telecommuter tax credit
As governor, Bob McDonnell will build bipartisan consensus behind a plan to grant a tax credit to employers for expenses incurred in allowing employees to telecommute pursuant to a signed telwork agreement.
Update November 24th, 2012:
Tax break falls below pledge
Seek adult trials for violent youths
McDonnell will propose expanding the juvenile transfer statute to require juveniles charged with repeat violent felonies to be tried as adults in circuit court.
Update November 24th, 2012:
Watered-down law is enacted
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