Senate Democrats Respond to Gov. McDonnell's Weekend Letter

This morning Senate Democrats responded to Governor Bob McDonnell’s letter of this past weekend. That letter is attached to this email (below).

In response to Governor McDonnell’s request for specific problems Democrats have with the Republican Senate budget, Senators Saslaw and McEachin remind him of the Democratic caucus’s frequent and consistent statements.

To refresh the Governor’s memory, they provided him a list of comments made by members of the caucus a press conference last week.

Senators Saslaw and McEachin urge the Governor to return to the bipartisan spirit that earned Virginia recognition as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best place for a child to succeed, and avoid the “ill-reputed public policy that moderate Senate Democrats and Republicans have opposed for many years.”

“The electorate voted a split in the Senate in hopes for centrism – not radical imbalance,” Senators Saslaw and McEachin conclude. “As leaders, we take our stand for fiscal responsibility and for meeting the needs of Virginians very seriously. We are eager to work with you to craft a budget that works for all in our Commonwealth, rather than simply scoring partisan political points.”

Senate Democrats have been consistently arguing against taking money from the general fund for transportation and tax credits for private academies since Senators McEachin and George Barker delivered the state of the commonwealth address in early January.

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Attachment #1: Letter from Senators Saslaw and McEachin to Governor McDonnell.

Attachment #2: Quotes from Democratic Caucus press conference of February 29.

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