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Updated: McDonnell, Bolling Unveil Good Government Plan

Anita Kumar

Republicans Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling rolled out the second part of their "good government plan" to bring more fiscal responsibility to Richmond through changes to the way the state budgets and spends money.

The plan includes a more accurate revenue-forecasting model, increasing the size of the rainy-day fund and instituting performance audits of major agencies. Read the whole plan here.

Back in May, they released a plan calling for bipartisan redistricting, limits on political contributions to executive branch officials, creation of a watchdog group to eliminate waste in state agencies and greater lobbyist disclosure.

"We must put an end to the roller coaster spending by Richmond,'' McDonnell said. "That will require exercising spending restraint, not just in bad times but in good times, too."

McDonnell used the call to -- again - to criticize Democrat Creigh Deeds for supporting a tax hike and to praise former governor Doug Wilder, who as we all now know snubbed Deeds last week by announcing that he would not support him.

McDonnell was joined by Bolling, who is running for reelection against former finance secretary Jody Wagner, who he repeatedly criticizes for underestimating the state's budget shortfall.

"In the past few years, we have based our budgets on overly optimistic revenue projections,'' Bolling said. "We have missed our revenue projections by 20 percentage points and incurred over $7 billion in budget shortfalls with more on the way. ...We have to reverse this dangerous cycle and we have to do it now."

Deeds unveiled his plan to improve government efficiency in August by enacting zero-based budgeting, expanding a school review system and conducting performance reviews of agencies, starting with the troubled Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

Update: Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold said voters should not trust McDonnell on fiscal responsibility because he voted against former Gov. Mark Warner's tax increase in 2004 and because his transportation plan would take money out of Virginia schools.

"If Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling had their way, Virginia wouldn't have a triple-A bond rating, wouldn't be the best state for business and wouldn't have any money in our rainy day fund to get through this economic downturn,'' he said.

Wagner campaign manager Elisabeth Pearson said the plan shows how out of touch Bolling is with Virginia. "The reality is that Virginia is the "Best Managed State" and the "Best State for Business" because of the strong fiscal management of Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Jody Wagner,'' she said. "It's not surprising that Bolling is so far off base-after all, he's chosen to spend the last four years standing on the sidelines instead of being engaged in governing."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 28, 2009; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Oops, did Bob and Bill forget poor old Ken?

The base won't be happy.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | September 28, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Bolling??? Who is he??? If Virginia had an AWOL law, with the assignments Bolling is given by law and ignored, he'd be in the brig. That's jail to civilians. He's running for Lt. Gov again because he can do nothing and collect $ from Virginia. That's the Republican version of welfare. Bolling the welfare "queen"!!!

Posted by: Willis3 | September 28, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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