Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bill Cleaveland Commends Del. Fralin for SB1495 Vote

Bill CleavelandThis question was posed to all the candidates in response to Governor Tim Kaine’s amendment to SB1495 that would have broadened unemployment benefits making available $125 million in Federal stimulus funding to the state of Virginia.  The cost to businesses would have been an increase in unemployment insurance of about $4.50 per employee per year. The $125 million would have offset the cost for 2 years. The amendment was voted down in the General Assembly veto session just completed. 

Bill Cleaveland responds below: Bill Cleaveland is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 17th District. 

A Common Sense Approach to Today’s Challenges

Roanoke, VA-William “Bill” Cleaveland, candidate for the Republican nomination for the 17th House of Delegates district commends Delegate William Fralin (17th House of Delegates district) for his vote to reject Governor Kaine’s proposed amendment to SB1495.  Cleaveland feels that Delegate Fralin demonstrated wisdom and courage in standing up to the Governor’s attempts to further burden our struggling businesses in this time of economic turmoil and uncertainty.

Bill Cleaveland recognizes and supports the General Assembly’s efforts to protect full-time workers who have become victims in today’s unsettled economic times.  He supports efforts extending the usual 26 weeks of unemployment compensation to an additional 20 weeks for full-time workers.  With today’s unfortunate impact on job markets, Cleaveland also supports the recently enacted yet additional extension of 13 weeks of benefits, passed this week by 100% of those voting in the General  Assembly.

Bill Cleaveland shares Delegate Fralin’s concern for those who have lost their jobs.  That concern is also shared by many other General Assembly voices from southwest Virginia.  The recent votes on unemployment benefits illustrate that support.  However, Cleaveland said that the Governor’s amendment would weaken the support for families and the unemployed by creating dependency on the state, instead of looking at other alternatives to help restore jobs to Virginia.  Furthermore, the Governor’s amendment would increase state spending even beyond the expansion of the benefits mentioned above.  That expense would require higher taxes for future funding, something our  truggling businesses do not need as they attempt to get back on their feet.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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