Virginia Democrats wrong on bud­get block

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Se­nate Democrats in Rich­mond have re­fused to pass a bud­get. Worse, they freely ad­mit that their re­fusal has noth­ing to do with the pro­posed bud­get. In­stead, they ef­fec­tively are keep­ing the en­tire state in limbo be­cause they are an­gry about their com­mit­tee as­sign­ments in the Virginia Se­nate.

They’ve de­cided to block the bud­get only to “make a state­ment that we need bi­par­ti­san gov­ern­ment,” ac­cord­ing to Sen. John S. Ed­wards, Roanoke Demo­crat. Se­nate Democrats are now threat­en­ing to shut down the Virginia gov­ern­ment un­til they get their way.

Their ir­re­spon­si­ble decision to block the bud­get threat­ens fund­ing to North­ern Virginia public schools, the pay of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, fund­ing for lo­cal gov­ern­ments and even fund­ing for pro­grams and ser­vices for our se­niors. Im­por­tant safety nets like Med­i­caid will go with­out state fund­ing, jeop­ar­diz­ing our se­niors and oth­ers.

Se­nate Democrats are ir­re­spon­si­bly and brazenly plac­ing their in­sa­tiable need for po­lit­i­cal power ahead of the needs of Virginia’s res­i­dents. Vir­gini­ans did not elect the Se­nate Democrats to hold these crit­i­cal de­ci­sions over the heads of their con­stituents. Nor did we elect them to ir­re­spon­si­bly play games in­tended only to fur­ther their own per­sonal am­bi­tions.

Their Demo­cratic col­leagues in the House of Del­e­gates have done their duty and have voted for the bud­get. It’s about time the Democrats in the Se­nate do their jobs and vote on the bud­get. MIKE GINS­BERG Ar­ling­ton

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