A unique custom
Virginia is "the only state" that has a tradition of attorneys general resigning if they run for governor.
But U.S. picks up most of the Medicaid tab for states
"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."
Numbers add up
Virginia "spends less per student today than we did in 2008."
All states have a gas excise tax
Says his transportation plan "would make Virginia the first state in the nation to eliminate the state tax on gasoline."
A lode to ponder
There is "over 20 times more energy" in a proposed Southside uranium mining site than "there is in all the oil that’s estimated to be off Virginia’s coast"
Nothing to cheer about
Says Virginia is the biggest state that does not have a major league sports team.
Northern Virginia is the most "heavily trafficked place in the country."
Says budget savings by reducing pay and benefits for federal employees total $103 billion over 10 years -- more than $50,000 per worker.
Tough times for many
"The poverty rate amongst women is the worst it’s been in 17 years and the extreme poverty rate is the worst it’s ever been."
It's in black and white
Wayne Powell has a "stated position of having no objection to taking `In God We Trust" off of U.S. currency."
Language largely unchanged for last seven conventions
The GOP platform that seeks further limits on abortion and is silent on an exception for rape "has been there for more than 30 years."
In Kaine's last budget
Tim Kaine, as governor, proposed tax increases on people earning "as little as $17,000."
The recession required cuts
"I ended up my time as governor with a general fund budget that was smaller than the one I started with."
Reagan cut tax deals with Congress
Ronald Reagan "raised taxes in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987."
Thanks to a good economy
"Before I was governor, tuition was skyrocketing and we stopped that. We capped and then we froze college tuition."
Plan works, but some better off with Social Security
"In Galveston, Texas, they have allowed people to privatize part of their Social Security. And people are building wealth."
Bipartisan effort has helped veterans
President Obama budget request for veterans is "more than double the amount in constant dollars appropriated in 1980, when the veterans population was larger by a third."
Says when he was governor, "we expanded participation in Virginia in early childhood programs by nearly 40 percent."
But a rosier scenario also exists
Says the Congressional Budget Office has estimated "every penny of the federal budget will go to interest on the debt and entitlement spending by 2025."
No doubt about it
"In 1950, the average American lived for 68 years and 16 workers supported one retiree. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 and three workers support one retiree."
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