McDonnell's Budget Cuts Draw Reaction

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

Everyone from students to state employees is fired up about Governor McDonnell's proposed budget cuts, cuts that could mean mandatory furloughs and slash financial aid for thousands of people.

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Nancy

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You all wanted this nut.Now live with it!
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Nancy wrote:
You all wanted this nut.Now live with it!
Better him the Deeds the dud.
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If the Va. people is having a hard time making ends meet at the end of a 5 day pay week NOW then how are we going to do it on a four day work week? That means when they beg for money to help out other countrys and people in need means then that will be cut out because no one will have any extra because of this NUT and his big bright ideals. Why dont his self and all the ones in the big offices making BIG MONEY we all paying for them TAKE DAYS OFF WITHOUT PAY and see if they want to do it. It's like the old saying they should sweep around there own door before cutting someone elses that wouldn't make there pay in 5 years FOR HIS 1 YEAR PAY CHECK. He isn't no better then the one we got out of there but in the run he talked sweet and for the Virginia people and we all feel for his BULL. We traded form a small NUT to a bigger NUT. The Virginia people is s______ and it isn't a thing we can do about it but say no to hand outs and hold on for a wild ride down to the bottom of the hole of no return. We are doomed if things like this keep coming at us.

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Many employers make their employees take unpaid days down during the year. Why should the state employees be any different? It is not a good situation. It sucks, but it does help. Is it better to take some days down or get rid of the amount of people it would take to get the same savings? I say the days down.
Charlottesville

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Feb 18, 2010
 
He did not propose a pay raise for State employees but rather a ONE TIME BONUS of 3%.[The news needs to get this straight - it's not the same!!!] In addition, he proposed 10 days of unpaid furlough days over the next 2 FY's which equals about 4%, so in all our salaries will be cut. In 20 years of employment with the State I've gone 8 years without a salary increase!

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How about cutting back on paid holidays? Leave them as days off but don't pay. Then you don't need the furlough days. I wish I had 12 paid holidays each year.
Phylissa

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Feb 18, 2010
 
but he's reopening rest areas? oy.
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Feb 18, 2010
 
I am completely discusted by the budget cuts in education. Ablemarle needs to make up 15M, while Fairfax receives more money?? That's it, let's just totally ruin one of the best things about VA. Even though I just purchased a home here, I can tell you, if programs are cut from my kids school, I will not be sticking around to pay taxes to this state.
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A balanced budget is mandated by Commonwealth law. It's actually pretty simple. There is no money. There is a stream of revenue available just off the coast of Virginia in oil and natural gas fields. Drill anyone?
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Local Bloke wrote:
By all means. Let's start by drilling in your head to let the chowder out.
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I love it!
So glad Northern VA gets millions for their schools thanks to Bob.(That was sarcasm) An extra $200 dollars a year in taxes would solve this problem. That's less than twenty dollars a month. But no. Heartless Rep. who have no concern for their state, their neighbors, our schools, or anyone but themselves refuse to do it. Shame on you.

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Crozeting wrote:
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I love it!
So glad Northern VA gets millions for their schools thanks to Bob.(That was sarcasm) An extra $200 dollars a year in taxes would solve this problem. That's less than twenty dollars a month. But no. Heartless Rep. who have no concern for their state, their neighbors, our schools, or anyone but themselves refuse to do it. Shame on you.
How about an extra 500 per year for all of you who have the little heathens but want us to pay for their education then pay for their welfare?
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Discusted wrote:
I am completely discusted by the budget cuts in education. Ablemarle needs to make up 15M, while Fairfax receives more money?? That's it, let's just totally ruin one of the best things about VA. Even though I just purchased a home here, I can tell you, if programs are cut from my kids school, I will not be sticking around to pay taxes to this state.
Discusted, or as I like to say disgusted, Virginia will surely miss your tax money after you leave. Good luck to you and your family wherever you decide to settle next. As a resident of Virginia my entire life, I can only hope that these elected idiots don't raise my taxes to educate someone elses kids. Tax the parents please. You get to claim your kids on your taxes. You get to claim the money you pay for babysitters. Lets remove these tax breaks and then we can talk about funding the schools.
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ohplease wrote:
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How about an extra 500 per year for all of you who have the little heathens but want us to pay for their education then pay for their welfare?
How about I stop paying for YOUR Medicare and Social Security out of MY paycheck every week...I'd be MORE than happy to use the extra money to pay for MY child's education!
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The Bear wrote:
A balanced budget is mandated by Commonwealth law. It's actually pretty simple. There is no money. There is a stream of revenue available just off the coast of Virginia in oil and natural gas fields. Drill anyone?
And Sarah Palin's sycophants continue the idiotic drumbeat...
I suppose we could drill off the cost - just in time to avert a budget crisis FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW!

Tax increases are an unsavory budgetary tool - but a legitimate tool nonetheless. Any executive or legislator who refuses to even consider such a tool is either extremely irresponsible or very stupid.
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Hey, how else did you think we'd be able to fund opening up the closed highway rest stops?
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Feb 18, 2010
 
The furlough days are a disappointing decision, but unfortunately is not uncommon these days and times. I am glad, however, that they did not opt (as some companies have) to reduce my hourly rate of pay. Oh, I know I am still losing money, however, at least I am off work while doing so instead of having to report to work for less an hour. Of those two choices, I'll take the furlough. The bonus is a way to give us money without impact to our salary and benefit structure and I believe will be taxed on that amount at a higher rate (please correct me if I'm wrong).

Someone else mentioned that those making the higher salaries should be taking a bigger hit than those of us at lower salaries -- I agree, but I can't see that happening. I'm sure they'd explain that it would be too difficult to administer or whatever.
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Lovely- we will close state parks and slash people's financial aid, but keep rest stops open? I can squat on the side of the road for free or stop at a private business just off the interstate and use the bathroom and maybe buy a small item, but I really think cutting whats important makes mor sense. Do people really value public restrooms more than education and conservation? McDonnell is another George Allen- his biggest accomplishment was cutting the car tax. Wow.
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Chuck Bartowski wrote:
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And Sarah Palin's sycophants continue the idiotic drumbeat...
I suppose we could drill off the cost - just in time to avert a budget crisis FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW!
Tax increases are an unsavory budgetary tool - but a legitimate tool nonetheless. Any executive or legislator who refuses to even consider such a tool is either extremely irresponsible or very stupid.
You can't stand it can you? Libs are abandoning the sinking Obamaship almost as fast as the US electorate is abandoning them. Perhaps there is a place for you in Barack Hussein Obama's cabinet; right next to Amanda Simpson, the transgendered dudette.
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Bob you are the man! Good start, we need to cut the fed, state and local's entitlements at least in half by next year, then again the following year and let us tax payers keep more of our income maybe for our own retirement. We wouldn’t even notice the revenue decline if you would end all the nonprofit corporation nonsense.

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