Statements about State Budget

"I ended up my time as governor with a general fund budget that was smaller than the one I started with."

"Before I was governor, tuition was skyrocketing and we stopped that. We capped and then we froze college tuition."

Tim Kaine "reduced higher education funding by 25 percent when he was governor, driving up tuition..."

Says he "cut taxes by more than $600 million" when he was governor.

"As Virginia’s governor, Allen cut spending and waste with bipartisan support."

Says Gov. Bob McDonnell's budget would cut pre-kindergarten programs. 

Public education has been permanently cut "by $1.6 billion through changes in the Standards of Quality funding formula."

"Chesterfield has eliminated more positions from its general government operations than the Commonwealth has from the entire state government since (fiscal) 2009." 

Gov. McDonnell's proposed budget "is cutting" public education. 

Says proposal to boost teacher pension fund "puts no mandate on local government."

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan takes "money out of our classrooms to pave roads."

Takes credit for "reining in" state spending when he was governor.

Virginia has a responsibility to fund 55 percent of public education and is paying just 41 percent.

Virginia state employees "pay nothing" toward their pensions.

Gov. Bob McDonnell launched a "raid on public education to pay for roads."

Virginia spends $400,000 on abstinence programs while losing $2.5 million in federal funds due to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s "political agenda."

Virginia is "headed towards another surplus this year, unlike most states."

"The $1.8 billion in [transportation] bonding, we don’t have a repayment mechanism."

Salaries for Virginia’s teachers are below the national average.

Tim Kaine broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.

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