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
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ROANOKE – Governor Bob McDonnell released the Multimodal Strategic Plan for the Commonwealth of Virginia today at the Governor’s Transportation Conference in Roanoke. This plan will guide policy making for the Commonwealth’s transportation agencies to achieve a unified vision and goals for multimodal planning in Virginia.
Speaking about the plan, Governor McDonnell noted, “A major part of my reform initiative is to get the most out of Virginia’s government and its programs with the least amount of tax dollars. This means better planning and better coordination. This plan is a major step in that direction.”
The Commonwealth’s transportation agencies (Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Aviation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Port of Virginia, Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles) have worked collaboratively to develop performance measures for the transportation agencies.
The Strategic Plan is the near term implementation guide for the Commonwealth’s longer term transportation vision, VTrans2035. The Strategic Plan sets forth goals and measures using the resources available today. Among the goals of the plan are: supporting economic opportunity, improving planning and implementation processes, and a renewed emphasis on customer satisfaction. Reducing incident response times, maximizing the return on investment, and improving travel time reliability are among the measures that will be used to determine the Plan’s success. These goals and measures will direct the policies and practices of the transportation system, allowing Virginia to comprehensively assess and address the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
“Virginia’s multimodal transportation challenges require multimodal transportation solutions. We will strive to make better transportation decisions by looking at every alternative and by focusing available resources,” said Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton. “This is a major step forward in implementing true performance based budgeting in the transportation program,” he added.
*To view the Multimodal Strategic Plan, visit www.vtrans.org
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