Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

Senators Comment on Governor's Budget Amendments

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Thu, 2010-12-16 19:00 -- ajohnston

RICHMOND, VA, 17 DECEMBER 2010:  Virginia Senators William C. Wampler, Jr. (R-Bristol) and Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico), and Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and Republican Caucus Chairman Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg) 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 and the House Appropriations and Finance Committees in Richmond today.

Senators Wampler, Stosch, Norment and Newman commented as follows:

  • Senator Wampler: “The budget amendments Governor McDonnell detailed to the Committees today make it clear that he is committed to addressing the state’s fiscal issues now.  By offering a wide range of solutions to complex issues, and by introducing added initiatives to generate jobs, he has again signaled his commitment to preparing Virginia for a prosperous future.”
  • Senator Stosch: “Considering the number of proposals in this package, it is clear that the Governor is not about to duck tough decisions.  He’s given the General Assembly a lot to consider, and has offered a package of solutions that will test the resolve of the General Assembly in addressing Virginia’s challenges.  When considered with the recommendations of his Reform Commission, the upcoming short session has the potential of being one of the most productive in a long time.”
  • Senator Norment: “From jobs to mental health care, from transportation to higher education, from the VRS to state employee compensation, Governor McDonnell’s budget amendments demonstrate he was very serious about his campaign promises and intends to keep them.  By introducing an ambitious budget package without raising taxes, the Governor has charted the right course for Virginia’s families and businesses.”
  • Senator Newman: “During his campaign, the Governor repeatedly pledged his commitment to creating jobs.  These budget amendments are proof positive that ‘Bob’s for Jobs’ was not just a campaign slogan.  The package has a series of job-creating initiatives.  This is a challenge to legislators of both parties to adopt policies that will make Virginia a leader in job creation and economic growth.”