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
Republican incumbent Lt. Governor, Bill Bolling is blaming the state’s revenue shortfall on Tim Kaine and Jody Wagner, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor.
Wagner responded saying she , “played a key role in restoring Virginia’s fiscal health, and has worked across the aisle with Governors Warner and Kaine to ensure that Virginia is the best managed state in the country.”
Wagner’s press release:
RICHMOND – Today, Virginians for Wagner campaign manager Elisabeth Pearson released the following statement in response to Bill Bolling’s attacks in an interview with the Midlothian Exchange:
“Bill Bolling’s attacks on Tim Kaine and Jody Wagner’s fiscal stewardship would be laughable, if they weren’t so horribly misguided. If there’s anyone in this race who knows what it takes to retain a triple-A bond rating, it’s Jody Wagner, who worked for years to restore the Commonwealth’s fiscal health after Jim Gilmore’s disastrous management, which Bill Bolling advocated every step of the way. With the bi-partisan, common-sense fiscal policies of Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Jody Wagner, Virginia has been named the “Best Managed State” in the nation twice, and the “Best State for Business” four times-the most recent accolade being announced just yesterday.
Unfortunately for Bill Bolling, he is apparently the only person in the Commonwealth who believes we’d be better off reverting to the fiscal policies of Jim Gilmore and George Bush, instead of moving Virginia forward with four more years of the Warner-Kaine legacy. We’re very much looking forward to a healthy debate over the next four months as to which direction is best for Virginia’s future.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, election2009, party_politics