Well, if the fact that it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars wasn't reason enough to shoot the proposal down, the lack of taxpayer dollars on hand should. Which apparently is now the case:
$300 million deficit looming for stateBefore we go talking about tax increases again, we should take a good hard look at new spending initiatives. Especially those that are doomed to failure.
The revenue shortfall could affect the governor's ability to launch new initiatives.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- Virginia will end this fiscal year with a revenue shortfall as great as $300 million, a scenario that could require spending cuts in the current two-year budget and affect Gov. Tim Kaine's ability to launch new initiatives in the second half of his term.
Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner told the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday that tax collections are almost certain to fall short of the state's revenue forecast for the fiscal year that ends June 30. (link)
And speaking of universal pre-school ...