Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
Governor says PBS funding is not a core service of government especially in times of the scarcity of resources and should be eliminated. (See the link to his letter below.)
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell yesterday signed House Bill 1500, the appropriation bill amending the 2010-2012 biennial budget. The governor made one line-item veto, eliminating Budget Item 123. The veto reduces state funding of public television and public radio stations by $424,001 in fiscal year 2012.
Speaking about his veto of public television and radio funding, Governor McDonnell commented, “I want to commend the Virginia legislature for the great work they did during the 2011 General Assembly Session to pass the appropriation bill on time, with strong bipartisan support, and with an overwhelming majority of my budget recommendations. These recommendations were made to encourage economic growth, streamline government, and ensure we are adequately funding essential government services like public safety and education. When I took office, I pledged to refocus state government on its core functions by finding ways to make government more efficient and effective, and to wisely spend the hard earned money of Virginia taxpayers. That is why, in returning the signed appropriation bill, I have decided to reduce the appropriation made to public television and radio stations. In today’s free market, with hundreds of radio and television programs, government should not be subsidizing one particular group of stations. We must get serious about government spending. That means funding our core functions well, and eliminating spending on programs and services that should be left to the private sector. This is a smart, practical budgeting decision to make Virginia government smaller and more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.”
CLICK HERE FOR VETO LETTER.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: budget, governor, McDonnell