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McDonnell's government reform commission seeks suggestions from public

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell's government reform commission is hitting the road.

The Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring is holding a series of town hall meetings to seek input from the public on how to save Virginia money.

The first one will take place at Capitol One headquarters in McLean Thursday. Five additional meetings will take place across the state -- Newport News, Verona, Abingdon, South Hill and Virginia Beach -- by July 19. See the full list.

McDonnell has charged the commission with searching for ways to save hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget and make government more user-friendly. The group will consider closing some of the state's 130 agencies, putting more forms online, eliminating annual reports and selling the state's 334 liquor stores.

The meetings will be attended by some of the 31 members of the commission and McDonnell's staff, but not the governor himself. McDonnell will hold his own town halls meetings later this year after the commission sends him its recommendations in late August.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Cut all State Services by 10% and give Northern Virginia it's fair share of Transportation funding. Stop strangling economic develop in Northern Virginia. NV is the economic engine for the state and if you stop road and infrastructure development there, I doubt you can replace those Jobs and Income in Coal country.

Virginia Workers make Tens of Billions from Federal and Military Contracts. Virginia’s Proximity to the Capital provides over $118 Billion/year that has contributed to Building Hotels and High Tech Industries but McDonnell Refuses to Taxes enough to pay for road and transportation improvements, to help people who are recently unemployed, and to Help Create Non Federal & State Jobs.

Virginia's love-hate relationship with federal spending

"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. “

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 5, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

To McDonnells Credit: Article: A rail corridor along I-81 that would get traffic and the economy moving again

“The Crescent Corridor project would return $25 in economic and environmental benefits for every dollar invested.”

“The Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile rail route stretching across 13 states from New Jersey to Tennessee and Louisiana, would offer significant economic and environmental benefits by creating tens of thousands of jobs and moving trucks off crowded highways such as I-81.”

“The projections for the Crescent Corridor project are 47,000 jobs by 2020 and 73,000 by 2030.”

“One train can haul as much freight as nearly 300 trucks. Railroads are at least three times more fuel efficient than trucks. Railroads, on average, move a ton of freight 457 miles on just a gallon of fuel. If 10 percent of the long-distance freight moving by truck were shifted to rail, more than a billion gallons of fuel would be saved per year.”

70% of USA Oil use is in Transportation. Expanding Freight Rail along I81 can remove Thousands of Trucks, save Billions of Barrels of Oil, and Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs. That’s Billions of Dollars less we send to the Middle East for Oil to support Terrorist weapons that are used against our Troops and Civilians.

Seems the only ones who remember the troops fighting in the Middle East and our dependence on Oil ARE the troops doing the fighting. Military men and women fight, die, and experience daily casualties in the Middle East while most other Americans have forgotten the meaning of Sacrifice. It makes no sense to borrow money to support tax breaks for the most wealthy of Americans while others are suffering and sacrificing for our country.

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 5, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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