Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment
Gov. McAuliffe stated: “My administration is committed to protecting water quality and drinking water sources for residents throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia as we address the closure of coal ash impoundments. While I support the Department of Environmental Quality’s approach to addressing this issue and the agency is
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