STATEMENT FROM DELEGATE BELL REGARDING THE PASSAGE OF THE 2013-2014 BIENNIAL BUDGET BY THE STATE SENATE
STAUNTON, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget by the State Senate.
“I am pleased to report that the State Senate passed the biennial budget just a few hours ago. It took the courage of one Democratic Senator, Chuck Colgan. Senator Colgan acted with true statesmanship, and voted against his party to bring certainty to our localities, school divisions, state employees, and all of Virginia.”
“Like every other budget before it, this budget contains numerous compromises. Unfortunately, however, some Senate Democrats spent the entire 2012 Session making excuses as to why they could not support it.”
“Fortunately, however, many other leaders came to the table willing to compromise, and built a strong, structurally sound budget that will make critical investments in K-12 and higher education, reduce of our unfunded liabilities in VRS, and promote stability and job development as the economy continues to remain uncertain.”
“Virginia’s economy is continuing to improve, and more and more Virginians are finding jobs and going back to work. However, the General Assembly plays a critical role in this continued recovery. We must continue to foster economic growth by adopting responsible fiscal policies that promote job creation and keep taxation to the minimum. In this vote today we made a big step in ensuring that we are able to do this.”
“I would like to again thank Senator Colgan for putting policy ahead of politics, and I would like to thank all of the conferees who worked tirelessly to produce this strong, fiscally sound budget. I believe that this budget will serve the needs of the Commonwealth, and look forward to any amendments we may see from the Governor, and, eventually final passage.”
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Nelson Counties, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.