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Dick Saslaw’s Dumb Gamble

By Greg L | 17 April 2012 | Virginia Politics | 13 Comments

So Dick Saslaw wants to shut down Virginia government?  Chris at Mason Conservative thinks we ought to let him, and I agree.

Saslaw doesn’t seem to realize his constituency depends more on government than that of his opponents.  Let’s just see how long he can take the heat once his voting base realizes Sawlaw will be restricting access to government-subsidized healthcare for the less fortunate and minorities by killing the budget.

I give it about a week.

UPDATE: Virtucon says Colgan should resign.  Since it was Colgan going back on his word that caused this session to fail (at a cost of $40,000 to the taxpayer) I second that demand.

DUPATE 2: After a talk with Corey Stewart, Colgan changed his mind once again and voted in favor of the budget on Wednesday.

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  1. Greg L said on 17 Apr 2012 at 8:49 pm:
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    Gov. McDonnell had this to say about today’s events:

    “Today, Senate Democrats cast the most fiscally reckless vote I have witnessed in my 21 years in office. They have killed an $85 billion state budget that benefits all Virginians, for one earmark regarding an 11.4 mile rail project in one district of the Commonwealth. That is extremely irresponsible. Senate Democrats, again, put partisan politics ahead of the needs of 8 million Virginians. They brought their political agendas to the Senate floor, and in the process have put at risk a Bristol teacher’s paycheck, a Chesterfield sheriff’s salary, healthcare for a senior citizen in Hampton, road projects in Richmond, and the fiscal soundness of the entire Commonwealth. Unfortunately, this is not the first time they have done so.

    When the General Assembly convened in January, Senate Democrats were clear that they wished to use the state budget as a means to gain more committee assignments. As one Senate Democrat wrote at the time, “the real reason the Senate Budget must lose — at this point — is so the power balance in Richmond can be adjusted.” For the 60 days of the regular session, they refused to pass any budget, despite multiple individual meetings, letters and conversations with them. They voted down two budgets.

    Last month, Senate Democrats gave a few policy reasons to explain their obstruction. They were met with broad accommodation by Senate Republicans. They sought more funding for healthcare and education. They gained it. In fact they gained nearly $170 million in reallocated funding for the issues they identified as priorities for their caucus. Throughout budget negotiations, Republican legislators and this office worked strenuously to ensure that Senate Democrats were heard in the budget process. Only after these compromises were achieved did Senate Democrats turn, in the last days of session, to a third reason for opposing a budget: toll abatement on the Dulles Toll Road.

    Since 2009, when Governor Tim Kaine signed the deal on the tolls and the rates were publicized, and no state funding was provided, Senate Democrats were silent. They offered no objections to the tolls for nearly three years. Then, at the very end of this session, after killing two budgets on the floor, Senate Democrats decided that they would make that their next issue. This will have serious consequences for all Virginians.

    Budgets are a tapestry of compromises. No legislator ever gets everything he or she wants in a governing fiscal document. Nonetheless, all involved can get much of what they seek if there is cooperation and civility in the process. The budget killed by Senate Democrats today was a positive document. This budget made historic investments in our higher education system so more Virginia students can access and afford our great colleges and universities. It reduced unfunded liabilities in our retirement system by nearly $9 billion by 2031, an historic achievement that ensures our dedicated state employees will receive the retirements they have been counting on. The budget combined accountability and innovation with over half a billion dollars in new funding for our K-12 system. It improved public education in the Commonwealth. And this budget provided fiscal liquidity and stability for Virginia as we continue to navigate a very uncertain economy. Now, Senate Democrats, continuing a trend, have killed a budget for a third time. They will have to answer to every single Virginian. This vote will have real consequences in creating uncertainty and chaos for local governments, school boards and countless agencies and individuals.

    I encourage all Virginians to contact the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today to let them know that this vote is unacceptable. First, the members killed the state budget to make a point about committee assignments. Then, they demanded more funding for healthcare and education, which they received. Then, they brought up an entirely new reason for voting against the budget, an earmark for am 11.4 mile rail project in one area of the state. Teacher and sheriff salaries are now at risk. Local governments and school boards do not know what level of state funding they will receive. Road and other state projects will have to be stopped in every single region in the near future. All because Senate Democrats continue to obstruct the passage of the state budget. They even killed the ‘caboose’ budget for the remainder of FY 2012, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Dulles tolls. This is an incredibly disappointing development. This is the kind of conduct we’ve come to expect out of Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where no budget has passed for over 1000 days. It is not the conduct we would expect from Democrats who serve in Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol. Senate Democrats need to hear from all Virginians about the direct and immediate impact their partisan posturing will have on the citizens of this Commonwealth.”

  2. Greg L said on 17 Apr 2012 at 9:08 pm:
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    Jim Lemunyon’s take on all this is spot-on:

    “So why did the budget fail in the Senate? If all of the Senators who signed the budget compromise would have voted yes today, the budget would have passed the Senate. Today, one of the Senators who had signed the formal compromise document, Senator Colgan (D-Manassas), went back on his agreement and voted no on the Senate floor. Had this been expected in advance, we would not have wasted $40,000 in tax dollars to pay for the General Assembly to meet today.

    The apparent reason why all Senate Democrats voted against a budget with the items I’ve just noted is that the compromise budget did not raise the state’s transportation debt limit by $300 million for the purpose of providing additional funds specifically earmarked for Phase 2 of Dulles Rail. I find this astounding, since the Commonwealth Transportation Board has the discretion to allocate transportation dollars for any project—including Dulles Rail—from the $10 billion transportation budget, without an increase in the debt limit.”

  3. Citizen-Veteran said on 17 Apr 2012 at 11:29 pm:
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    What a disgrace! The Democrats, with special performances by Saslaw and Colgan, continue to sacrifice the good of the Commonwealth for their petty Bolshevik maneuvering. They will lose.

    The good news is that this Democrat turbulence and rejection of good government is adding significant fuel to the growing public disgust of all Democrats, from DC to Richmond.

    Perhaps, the Virginia electorate will take the time to recollect on the many years of anti-American, anti-Constitution behavior these same Democrats have provided to our political discourse.

  4. Lovettsville Lady said on 17 Apr 2012 at 11:47 pm:
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    Truly selfish and disgusting. Janet Howell, Dick Saslaw, and Mark Herring are holding the entire state hostage for the $300 million funding for their stupid metro rail project, the ONLY subway project in history that is so bad it doesn’t qualify for federal funding! Democrats will punish 99% of the people in the state so that the less than 1% who will ride metro can have it at their disposal. Selfish and disgusting.

  5. Gone said on 18 Apr 2012 at 4:16 am:
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    Had the budget included welfare benefits for illegal aliens, I am sure the Dims would have passed it with no second thoughts.

  6. freedom said on 18 Apr 2012 at 5:40 am:
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    Oh, and Sen Barker, would you like to share with your unknowing constituents just how YOU voted on this $300M issue? Of course, there won’t be any mailings to inform your voting block how much you love spending their tax dollars…but I guess that’s to be expected; the “takers” just go back to sleep post-election anyway.

  7. G Man said on 18 Apr 2012 at 8:12 pm:
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    Colgan must have gotten an earful from constituents as he changed his vote this evening and kept his word this time around by voting in favor of the budget. No Metro $$ in the budget still. Here is what Senator Dick Black has to say in an email about today’s budget vote:

    I am pleased to tell you that just a couple of hours ago, we finally passed the bi-annual budget by a vote of 21 to 19 in the Virginia State Senate. The budget does not include additional funding for Metro-Rail, but it does have vital funding for education, police, hospitals, transportation projects, etc.

    After voting no yesterday, Senator Chuck Colgan moved to reconsider HB 1301. Senator Harry Blevins was on the road, traveling back to be with his ailing wife, when the Senate had the State Police put out an all points bulletin to notify Senator Blevins that his vote was urgently needed. In an unbelievable display of dedication to the people he represents, Senator Blevins returned to Richmond again to cast the deciding vote that passed the Virginia State budget and averting a looming government shut-down.

    Once the budget was passed, State Police flew Senator Blevins by Helicopter to rush him to his wife’s bedside. Please keep Mrs. Blevins in your prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

  8. Anonymous said on 18 Apr 2012 at 9:03 pm:
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    Today was the VETO Session and the Legislature was in session regardless of yesterdays vote

  9. Lovettsville Lady said on 19 Apr 2012 at 1:54 am:
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    Senator Black is always a class act. I’m praying for Mrs. Blevins.

  10. Ronald said on 19 Apr 2012 at 6:45 am:
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    That seems like wasteful government spending for Sen. Blevins

  11. freedom said on 19 Apr 2012 at 7:12 am:
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    Ah, and what Colgan “got” was a phone call from Corey Stewart!! Way to go, Corey!! :)

  12. Greg L said on 19 Apr 2012 at 7:44 am:
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    The 18th was the veto session, the 17th was a special session called because Colgan had told Gov McDonnell he would vote for the budget.

    The $40,000 flip-flop. And re-flip-flop. We should call him “Uncertain Chuck.”

  13. Anonymous said on 19 Apr 2012 at 1:47 pm:
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    Even when Colgan is the only Dem to vote with Republicans you still find fault Greg..

    Did you ever acknowledge his Ultra Sound vote?

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