December 16, 2010 by staff
The governor also said he will not go hand in hand with efforts to allow motorists to be ticketed just for not wearing seat belts and insisted that he continue his efforts to put government Monopoly State Alcohol 76-years in private hands.
Thank you to balance and $ 403 million in unspent 2010 budget, a bonus of 3 percent will be included in paychecks on Wednesday for 117 000 workers whose compensation the state government has been frozen since November 2007.
But McDonnell said on his show question and answer monthly WTOP radio in Washington, DC on Tuesday that the pursuit of lean budgets means “I do not see any pay increase coming in the near future for the state. ”
The Republican governor made the remarks in defense of Democratic President Barack Obama freezes the salaries of federal workers in order for two years. McDonnell said it was a prudent step toward reining the nation and 13 trillion debts.
When a state employee – a professor at George Mason University – McDonnell asked why was excluded from wage increases, he stood his ground.
“We have so many unfunded liabilities in our system, we have unfunded mandates by the federal government, we have Medicaid and other expenses that are growing at astronomical prices, we had to invest more in places like higher education, we have underfunded, “he said.” I will continue to do everything I can to take care of state employees, but I do not see an increase going on in the short term “.
McDonnell also said he would not go along with federal efforts to failure to wear seat belts a primary offense in each state.
No seat belt in Virginia is a secondary offense, meaning people can be cited to him that if he is arrested for another reason such as speed or burn a traffic light.
“I think the system is already functioning as a secondary offense,” said McDonnell.
McDonnell also said he is unlikely to approve any efforts to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes.
“I’d have to see proof that she had medical benefits and that there are appropriate checks,” said McDonnell. “I have not seen the clinical data to convince me that (a) all therapeutic effects as some might expect.”
He also pursued his plan to privatize liquor store boasting that even the legislative leaders in his own party have abandoned as dead.
Own estimates show that the administration would return to 47 million per year less than the current supplies of liquor control system of the state general fund.
And a new study by the investigative arm of the General Assembly, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, argues that the administration may have overstated revenue from the sale of liquor licenses in bulk and nearly 80 million.
McDonnell has dropped his original plan to privatize and paid a financial advisory firm of nearly 77,000 and a new way to get the government to the state’s liquor business.
“I will continue the privatization ABC. He’s right. Most people support it. We just gotta find the right mechanism that ensures we keep the same amount of revenue coming to the state and ensure that everyone is achieved equal access to licenses to be generated, “said McDonnell.
Part of the original proposal McDonnell was triple the number of outlets that sell liquor bottle from the current 332 stores belonging to the State. By licensing not only of independent stores, supermarkets and convenience stores to sell alcohol, the state would have nearly 1,000 outlets.
McDonnell proposes to use most of the profits of the state to sell liquor in the private sector to help finance road construction projects.
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