Thursday, April 9, 2009

Valley Legislators Sacrifice Their People for Politics part 1

The following is a joint Press Release from Democratic Candidates Dr. Greg Marrow and Erik Curren.

April 9, 2009


Delegates Landes and Saxman Opposes Federal Funding to Stimulate Virginia’s Economy
Delegate votes to reject $125 million in federal stimulus money

Delegate Landes and Delegate Saxman opposed amendments from Governor Tim Kaine today that will make Virginia eligible for $125 million in funding aimed at stimulating the Virginia economy. The funds are intended to help more Virginia families cope with the current economic recession without straining the state budget. For the first time, part-time workers will be eligible for benefits, and eligibility will be prolonged for workers who have lost their jobs but are enrolled in workforce training programs.

In February, the unemployment rate in Augusta County hit 7.4 percent, Stuanton hit 7.8 percent and Waynesboro hit 10.3 percent, compared to a 7 percent rate statewide.

Both Dr. Greg Marrow and Erik Curren agree that it’s incredibly disappointing that our delegates chose to stand with big business instead of hard-working Virginia families. By rejecting these amendments, Landes and Saxman have made it clear they’d rather see our share of the stimulus go to other states. People all across Virginia are being laid off in this recession and this funding will help them provide for their families. Now is not the time to play partisan political games with peoples’ futures.

Democratic Candidate Dr. Greg Marrow
House of Delegates
District 25

Democratic Candidate Erik Curren
House of Delegates
District 20

Thank you all for your continued support.

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