Virginia Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their legislative agenda for the 2011 General Assembly session, which includes traditional GOP fare like stopping higher taxes and streamlining government – and one item that would end funding for non-state agencies.
“Our Caucus is united in its support of this agenda, and will work together to see it enacted,” said Sen. Thomas Norment, Jr., R-James City.
The goal of ending funding for non-state agencies is notable, however, because Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed money for charities in his amendments to the state’s biennial budget, including $500,000 to both the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and the Norfolk-based Operation Smile, a group that provides free surgeries to children with cleft lip and other facial deformities.
Other agenda items Senate Republicans rolled out Tuesday include supporting a federal repeal amendment that would allow states to overturn federal law if two-thirds of state legislatures vote to do so.