McAuliffe Unveils Health, Education Plans
This morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe rolled out plans to make healthcare more affordable, increase access to higher education and secure retirement savings.
"Our economic struggles have not been evenly distributed around Virginia - some communities, some industries, have been hit much harder than others," McAuliffe said. "But Virginians everywhere can see what is happening, and they wonder how it may affect them. State government cannot solve all of our problems. But it should be an ally to the aspirations and goals of its citizens."
The three Democratic candidates for governor are feverishly campaigning across the state, releasing policy proposals several times a week. Yesterday, McAuliffe and rival Brian Moran unveiled proposals to lure Hollywood film crews to the state and boost the number of businesses owned by women and minorities.
Today, McAuliffe proposed offering unemployed workers low-interest loans to help buy health insurance or allowing them to buy into existing state health insurance programs or other health plans..
McAuliffe also proposed creating a "Scholars for Service" loan forgiveness program, increased marketing for the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program and guaranteeing help for any student based on need who successfully completes certain requirements.
He pledged to create a state IRA that would allow small employers to offer a voluntary reitrement savings program to their employees and allow workers in private companies to participate in the state's deferred compensation program
April 2, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe
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