Mayor Jones Issues Statement on Governor McAuliffe’s Biennial Budget Proposal
Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement today regarding Governor Terry McAuliffe’s biennial budget proposal:
“I’m pleased by Governor McAuliffe's budget proposal, which has been carefully crafted to propel Virginia’s economy forward.
“It will take Virginia’s investment in public education to the highest level in history. This is an important step toward restoring reductions made during the recession.
“I’m especially encouraged because I’ve always believed that a strong city is one where all residents care about public education, even if they don’t have kids in the school system.
“As Governor McAuliffe said, ‘Our young children’s future should not depend on their parents’ financial condition or their ZIP code.’ I completely agree.
“Local governments know that additional state funds also bring additional costs, and we’re prepared to accept that challenge. I look forward to a robust debate—at the state and local level—about how best to deliver all of the services our residents expect and deserve.”