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McAuliffe backs Allen-Goldman schools proposal

Anita Kumar

Former gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe will be in Richmond Tuesday to put his stamp of approval on a proposal to pay for expensive school renovations with federal tax credits.

The proposal was first suggested by an unlikely pair -- George Allen, former Republican governor and senator, and Paul Goldman, former chairman of the state Democratic party -- in a much-talked about op-ed in the New York Times last month.

Allen and Goldman will speak Tuesday night at a meeting of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, an African American political group. McAuliffe will also attend, which may further fuel speculation about the former DNC chairman's future in Virginia politics.

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell supported the Allen-Goldman proposal during his campaign for governor.

The proposal calls for President Obama and Congress to change federal law to allow private investors to receive a tax credit for rehabilitating old school facilities and leasing them back to school districts. Allen and Goldman said they have financial commitments ready for what would be the state's largest school renovation program.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 16, 2009; 9:27 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , Terry McAuliffe  
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"..leasing them back to school districts"? So, the school districts will no longer own their own schools? This sounds scary. Like how we're going to let Fluor Inc. own our interstates for the next 80 years and charge whatever tolls they want with no oversight. It's a desperate move that may look good in the short run, but privatization often raises costs because we move from a public to a for-profit system.

Posted by: franko2 | November 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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