Richmond, Virginia, 17 December 2010: Virginia Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) commented today on Governor Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell’s proposed package of amendments to the Commonwealth’s 2010-2012 Biennial Budget.
Governor McDonnell unveiled his proposed amendments in an address to a joint meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, on which Senator Norment serves, and the House Appropriations and Finance Committees in Richmond today.
“From jobs to mental health care, from transportation to higher education, from VRS to state employee compensation, Governor McDonnell’s budget amendments demonstrate he was very serious about his campaign promises and intends to keep them,” Norment remarked. “By introducing an ambitious budget package without raising taxes, the Governor has charted the right course for Virginia’s families and businesses.
“In keeping with his campaign promises, the Governor is directing savings realized through an audit of VDOT and his Commission on Government Reform into transportation. He has also accelerated the use of leveraged financing approved by the General Assembly and Governor Kaine in a bipartisan manner in 2007.
“There are several important items in the Governor’s spending plan that will be of particular interest to the people I represent. The Governor has added much-needed funding to promote tourism, bolstered the state’s commitment to mental health care and Eastern State Hospital, and is proposing a substantial investment in our state-supported colleges and universities.
“With the Governor’s proposals now in hand, the responsibility for crafting a package of budget amendments rests with the General Assembly. In the weeks ahead, I will be working to ensure that the changes made to the budget rise to the challenge of meeting the comprehensive agenda set by the Governor today.”
Senator Norment is serving his fifth term representing the 3rd District in the Senate of Virginia. The 3rd District includes the City of Williamsburg and Gloucester, James City, and New Kent Counties, and portions of the City of Newport News and York County.