State Senate Democrats talk state budget
Following the meeting, Democratic leaders made the following comments.
Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) said, “I am convinced, now more than ever before, that we need a long-term, sustainable plan to solve Virginia’s transportation crisis. Our roads are in disrepair, congestion costs commuters thousands, and new construction is being delayed. Hampton Roads is ground-zero for heavy tolls that could cost commuters and businesses thousands of dollars and hurt a crucial economic engine, tourism. I reject the Republican plan that forces ordinary Virginians to pay sky-high tolls. I will not stand by while Virginia becomes a backwards, toll-heavy state.”
Sen. Henry L. Marsh (D-Richmond) said, “We heard today that Virginia’s public schools still don’t have the money they need to prepare our children for the global economy. At a time like this, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans stand by their decision to give taxpayer dollars to exclusive private academies. We should be investing in our public schools.”