Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Senator Cuccinelli's Response to the State of the Commonwealth Address

Tonight Governor Tim Kaine gave his final State of the Commonwealth Address.  The speech focussed on the economic crisis facing the nation, and the resulting budget crisis facing the state.

The following is Senator Cuccinelli's response to the speech.

(Richmond, VA) – State Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s statement on Governor Tim Kaine’s “State of the Commonwealth” address tonight:

Governor Kaine’s speech about the budget shortfalls facing Virginia was heavy on specific problems, but light on workable solutions.  Effectively bringing back parole and raising taxes will only hurt Virginia businesses, employees and taxpayers.  

The size of Virginia’s government has doubled in the last ten years, and yet I haven’t met many Virginia families whose income has doubled in that time.  I hope that the legislature will see fit to roll back the last few years spending increases, preserving transportation and not releasing criminals early.

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