There are many, many things I love about being a Virginian. I have lived here almost my whole life, attended a Virginia University and am raising my children in Virginia.
One thing I do not like is that fact that we have had a selfish and unproductive legislature for the past couple of sessions.
Times are tough in Virginia--like everywhere else. Revenues are down and expenses are up. But it is time to put partisan and regional politics aside and start the process of moving our state forward.
There are several factions in the Virginia Congress that make it very difficult. The obvious is the Republican vs. Democrat division. Long a Republican state, we have had several Democrats in a row as Governor. Everyone needs to stop drawing a line on their politics and start DOING YOUR JOBS!!! That means people from both parties--it is time to pass some legislation, and vow to work until you do. Stop going home without getting anything done or you will find yourself staying there, because we--the people of Virginia-- are losing patience.
The other big divide is between more urban areas like Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and the rest of the State. These larger areas feel they should receive money from the state on par with their contributions. Again, start negotiating. Everyone cannot win every battle. As I tell my clients, each side has to feel like they won something, but no one should feel like they won it all; then the other side feels like they lost it all!
This is not intended to point fingers at one political party or another. From my perspective, all of you in the Virginia Congress are equally to blame.We need politicians who are willing to do the hard work and those who are there right now are trying the patience of the the people of Virginia.
Short of writing to each and every member of Congress, I am hoping that some of you will see this.
Yesterday a new President was inaugurated. Let's see if our local politicians can be inspired to turn over an new leaf and do their jobs in a spirit of cooperation and negotiation.
Please don't let our great state down!