From the Roanoke Times this morning:
"... other core state responsibilites" are at risk he wrote with a smirk, knowing that state government spending on all its various responsibilities has exploded in recent years, and knowing that the state is sitting on a massive surplus that it can't force feed to the general fund quickly enough.
A wreck of a road plan
Virginia's Republican lawmakers at long last have a transportation plan. We applaud them.
The plan itself, though, is seriously flawed and extremely fragile.
... desperately needed
... empty coffers
... face angry voters
Adequate revenue for transportation must not come at the expense of other core state responsibilities. Therein lies a critical flaw of the Republican plan: It would rob hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's general fund. (link)
A question: What's so sacrosanct about the general fund that it shouldn't ever again be used for transportation spending? It was devised over 200 years ago to serve just such a purpose. And we've somehow survived.
Look, this is all nothing but noise. A whining, sniveling pout.
These people and the governor had their chance to raise our taxes again. They lost. Their day is done and they know it.
Their world is indeed crashing down around them.