Skip to comments.email from left-leaning VA PTA on state budget
Posted on 03/27/2006 7:36:28 AM PST by Gopher Broke
VA PTA ACTION ALERT! 03-25-06
Dear Virginia PTA member,
Gov. Tim Kaine has scheduled additional transportation town hall meetings. We should make every effort to attend these events and take a friend. The meetings will be held as follows:
Monday, March 27 - Danville 5:30 p.m. Institute for Advanced Learning and Research - Executive Auditorium 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA 24540
Tuesday, March 28 - Loudoun County (Sterling) 7 p.m. Dominion High School 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling, VA 21064
Wednesday, March 29 - Chesapeake 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Conference Center 900 Greenbrier Circle (off of Woodlake), Chesapeake, VA 23320
Also, on Saturday, March, 25, three General Assembly members -- Sen. Mamie Locke, (D-Hampton), and Dels Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) and Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News) hosted a town hall meeting in Hampton to talk about the state budget and discuss transportation issues with residents.
WHAT CAN YOU SAY?
Virgina PTA's Message on Transportation:
DO NOT TAKE FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO PAY FOR NON-CORE SERVICES
Transportation is the dominant issue of the 2006 General Assembly session. What many education advocates do not realize is that how we pay for the solution to the transportation crisis is of great consequence to the future of education in Virginia. Of course we all want our legislators to address the transportation crisis, but not at the expense of our schools.
Historically, we have paid for transportation with non-General Fund revenues. We use the General Fund to pay for core services. Considering only the General Fund (2004-2006 biennial budget) most of the operating money goes to education (46.9 percent), health and human resources (22.5 percent), and public safety (10.6 percent).
If you use non-General Fund revenues to pay for transportation projects, that money will be taken away from schools, police, environmental clean-up projects and nursing homes.
How we fund the solution to the transportation crisis will have long-term implications for education funding in the years ahead. It will be important to persuade policy-makers not to pave roads with, as Gov. Kaine says, "school books, nursing home beds and public safety resources."
No transportation solution should be based on taking funding from the General Fund, away from schools, public safety, mental health care or clean waterways.
Thank you for anything you can do in suppport of this most important effort!
Stella Y. Edwards, Legislation Committee Chairman (804) 530-1809 (804) 691-2122 firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Town Hall Meetings Scheduled
Please attend and take a friend!
One last chance to hold on to your wallet.
How about using special interest group bureaucrats instead?
Transportation IS a core service, nimrod.
I can't do it from work - could you forward this to the Times Dispatch, local news or whomever, under "Riiging the Jury? PTA Political Activities Alert" or something similar?
Thanks for the ping
Interesting...............once again the Eastern Shore is totaly ignored.
The political elites don't wish to pay the onerous toll to come across the CBBT, and to add insult to injury schedule a meeting that working people on this side of the bay can't make on time...........
I don't think anything has been scheduled for Richmond. Not that I've heard anyway. I could have missed it tho.
don't mind me - I'm in a snit about the whole thing.
We get all these sanctimonious snobs over here fromt he DC burbs who whine about how things are now more expensive here than they were last year.........DUH - they can't seem to figure out they're theones that helped create the problem.
Even the fairly liberal enclave of Chincoteague Island is starting to get a bit tired of it, judging from what I'm hearing from primarily Democrats over there.
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