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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 06/ 2/2010

New federal funds for Va. schools

By Washington Post Editors

Virginia is getting another $324.6 million in stimulus funds for public education.

The award, announced Wednesday by Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, brings Virginia's total stimulus funding for public education to more than $2 billion.

Warner says public education funding cuts in Virginia would have been deeper without the federal dollars.

Webb says the additional funding will help the state retain quality teachers and improve students' academic results.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | June 2, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Is McDonnell aware of this?

Posted by: jckdoors | June 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope the teapartiers denounce this and refuse to take the funds for their districts....

......oh wait, they just don't like stimulus dollars if they are used on other people.

Posted by: NoVAredsox | June 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Great News! McDonnell could really use this money to pay for the text books he's ordered from Texas that say the South won the civil war and Jesus rode dinosaurs.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

And next year they will be back in line with their hands out.

Stop using my tax dollars to fund broken programs!

Posted by: b1978367 | June 2, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

VA workers receive $118 Billion a year in Government spending but the state refuses to raise taxes enough to pay for basic infrastructure improvements. Instead it fights for even more government handouts while complaining about government regulations that Preserves, Conserves and Protects people and resources. The Wealthiest Hypocrites love to Complain while others are Starving or Fighting in the Middle East.

It’s not very Christian of McDonnell and Wealthy Virginians to take Billions from Federal Spending and Benefits then support Right Wing Tea Partiers bringing Guns to State parks to Intimidate people and complain about the most vulnerable getting some benefits.

Virginia's love-hate relationship with federal spending

Ten cents of every federal procurement dollar spent anywhere on Earth is spent in Virginia. More than 15,000 Virginia companies hold federal contracts, a number that has almost tripled since 2001. Total federal spending -- from salaries to outsourced contracts -- has more than doubled, to $118 billion, since 2000, as homeland security and defense spending skyrocketed in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By 2008, it accounted for about 30 percent of Virginia's entire economy.

Federal dollars have filtered through the rest of the economy, too, helping to build the high-tech Dulles corridor and funding new homes and cars for federal workers and contractors and meals at local restaurants. The billions have helped fuel the economic boom cycles of the past decade and have cushioned the blow of the recent recession, particularly in Northern Virginia, where the unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly below 6 percent, less than the state and national rates.

"We have a rich uncle, I like to remind people -- Uncle Sam," said Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University.

It is Selfish and Irresponsible for Virginians to Refuse to Pay Taxes to Help People who are Recently Unemployed, and to Help Create Jobs. The State and Workers of Virginia benefit more than anyone from Federal and Military Spending. McDonnell and the State of Virginia need to Invest those Profits in Non-Federal Sustainable Industries such as Offshore Wind Manufacturing to Create Jobs instead of seeking Federal and Military handouts while Complaining about Federal Regulations.

Posted by: liveride | June 3, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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