As just about everyone knows, the president came to Virginia to talk up Creigh Deeds. Interestingly enough, I saw no mention of Deeds’ ticket-mate Jody Wagner.
Now I know why. Take a look at what the president had to say (Charlottesville Newsplex): “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”
Well, here in Virginia, the persons most “credited” with the mess would be Governor Tim Kaine and the Finance Secretary whose rosy revenue predictions led to a spending spree that is still being dialed down today (Richmond Times-Dispatch):
Spending in the current Virginia budget for fiscal 2010 will have to be slashed up to $1.5 billion if the most dire economic forecast for state revenue prevails, according to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists.
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Even the most optimistic forecast for state revenue during the current fiscal year, which began July 1, still calls for more than $730 million in reductions in state spending to balance the last year of the commonwealth’s 2009-10 budget.
The standard, middle-of-the-road forecast projects a deficit of about $1.1 billion.
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Since April 2007, Kaine has presided over $6 billion in cuts to the $77 billion fiscal 2009-2010 budget.
With the new numbers, the shortfall for this biennium now zooms past the famous $6 billion figure that Mark Warner had made famous. Congratulations to Governor Kaine, he has even surpassed the Dems’ Jim Gilmore caricature when it comes to revenue shortfalls, well, he and his Finance Secretary who put those numbers forwarded.
Who was that Finance Secretary, you ask? Why, it was Jody Wagner, Democrat for Lieutenant Governor.
So, by all means, follow the president’s advice, and make sure Jody Wagner stays out of the way. The easiest way to do that is to re-elect Bill Bolling.