Thursday, March 23, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
AFSCME on Card Check: “We are aggressively moving forward in D.C. and key states to fight for passage of this critically important bill.”
Deeds Also Recently Received $100,000, and Endorsement, from SEIU; SEIU Supports Elimination of Virginia’s Right to Work Law
RICHMOND– Creigh Deeds has received a massive $500,000 donation from the powerful national union AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This donation is the largest single donation to the Deeds campaign to date. The donation comes on the heels of Deeds receiving $100,000 from the SEIU, a national union supporting the elimination of Virginia’s Right to Work law. In response to yet another round of aggressive national union support for the Deeds campaign, McDonnell for Governor Campaign Chairman Ed Gillespie issued the following statement:
“It’s clear that national labor unions are willing to spend every penny of their members’ compulsory union dues to elect a candidate who has vowed to be their ‘partner’ in the governor’s mansion. Big national unions are for Card Check, and they are for Creigh Deeds. In just the past three days Mr. Deeds has enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of the SEIU, a national union that supports overturning Virginia’s Right to Work law. The SEIU also gave Mr. Deeds $100,000. And now he has disclosed that his single largest campaign donation to date is from AFSCME, a national union committed to eliminating a worker’s right to a secret ballot and aggressively increasing the national union presence in the Commonwealth. Creigh Deeds clearly doesn’t like to answer questions about where he stands on these important issues. But actions speak louder than words, and Virginians can find the answers in these startlingly massive injections of cash. The national labor union agenda that comes with their big bucks is bad for jobs in Virginia. Mr. Deeds stands with big national unions. Bob McDonnell stands with Virginia’s workers and employers.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, election2009, governor