Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Reason #4 to vote against Edd Houck: indefensible votes (by Bob McDonnell)

Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Statement of Governor McDonnell on the Senate Finance Vote Against Educational Improvement Tax Credit

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today in response to the Senate Finance Committee vote against HB 2314, which would establish a tax credit for companies donating to nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships to help lower income students attend nonpublic schools. In a party line vote, nine Democrats to six Republicans, the Committee has killed this legislation which passed the House of Delegates last week.

“Once again, Democrats in the Senate have unfortunately voted against innovative education reforms that would increase educational opportunities for Virginia’s underprivileged children, and have instead decided to side with special interest groups and unions. This proven legislation would have allowed non-profits to provide more scholarships for lower income children to attend non-public schools, a measure that would actually save the state money. It would incentivize the business community to do good work to help those in need, a great American value. It is time for Senate Democrats to rethink their priorities and make decisions that are in the best interest of Virginia’s children, not outside unions and advocates for bigger government. The growing national effort to provide more educational opportunities for our young people is a bipartisan one. In Washington D.C. President Obama is committed to this effort and implementing new options and creative educational tools like charter schools and merit pay. I want to thank the Republican members on Senate Finance who stood up for Virginia’s low income families and voted to provide new educational options for children across the Commonwealth, and all those who have worked to move this measure forward. Helping disadvantaged children access greater educational opportunities is the right thing to do, and we will continue to work to increase that access in the years ahead.”


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