Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cutting the Budget - McDonnell Style

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has privately recommended cutting $730 million from K-12 education and $300 million from health programs, as well as changing the state retirement system and requiring 10 days of furloughs for state employees, all to help offset a $2.2 billion budget shortfall over two years, according to sources familiar with the plan.

The K-12 reductions would loosen the state's basic educational standards while reducing funds for support staff, supplemental salaries for coaches and teachers who serve as club sponsors, and health insurance for teachers.

The health cuts would reduce mental-health treatment beds by 232, take 5 percent in funds from community service boards that offer substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, and freeze enrollment for a program that provides insurance to low-income children.

The governor is also recommending millions of dollars in trims to public libraries, shuttering some state parks and phasing out all public broadcasting support over four years.

McDonnell has refused for weeks to release his proposals publicly, despite repeated requests from lawmakers and advocates. Instead, he and his staff members have been sharing recommendations with small groups of legislators for weeks behind closed doors -- a departure from the way governors have conveyed their budget priorities in Virginia for decades.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our new Governor has also signed an executive order making it o.k. to refuse to hire someone, or even to fire someone as a state employee, if they are gay.

Toni D. said...

He's doing just what we were warned he would do, and to hit helpless old and disabled people in nursing homes is awful.

Rockdem said...

We can take comfort in the fact that the rest areas are being reopened.

Larry said...

And in a blow to small business owners who must go to court and force someone to pay their bills, court fees will be increased almost 200%

Anonymous said...

Tim Kaine, just a few months ago, proposed cuts to the homeless and other social programs too.

Karen said...

Wow, this will really entice qualified people to get into teaching! No health insurance!

Anonymous said...

Kaine proposed less than half of the cuts McDonnell has proposed so far.

Anonymous said...

"Kaine proposed less than half of the cuts McDonnell has proposed so far."

So? He still proposed gutting many of the same programs that people are railing against McDonnell for going after.

What would you propose Richmond do, exactly?

Anonymous said...

Not a thing differently than what is taking place. I hope they cut until everyone bleeds.

Charles said...

Maybe we should start charging all of these "no tax" parents to give their kids a ride to school. Where does it say you have a right to limo service for your kids?