Statements about State Budget
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.
Tim Kaine proposed "over $6 billion in tax increases from the time he entered the governor’s mansion until the time he left."
"When I took office last year we faced historic budget deficits of $6 billion here in Virginia. And we closed those deficits by cutting spending."
"Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for public education in the Commonwealth for kindergarten through 12th grade."
In the past decade, K-12 funding has grown six times faster than the rate of enrollment.
The House of Delegates budget bill "cuts $50 million from education."
Congressman Robert Hurt has a plan to cut education by 40 percent.
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