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Federal education stimulus funds sought

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking for $249 million in stimulus money from a $26 billion bill that President Obama signed last month.

McDonnell had been urged by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) not to apply for any funds from the bill and to "stand firm against this maneuver of the Obama Administration to increase states' dependency on the federal government."

The bill, signed Aug. 11, provides governors with an additional six months of federal assistance: $10 billion for education and about $16 billion for Medicaid.

Governors must send letters requesting the aid. McDonnell has until later this month to send a request for $289 million for Medicaid. His administration previously said he would do so.

"Virginia's budget was passed by making tough spending cuts and not raising taxes. It did not rely on the potential passage of additional federal funds," McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said last month. "The additional FMAP funds appropriated today will be used consistent with the federal requirements, and the contingent allocations already made by the Virginia Assembly. This six-month temporary extension provides short-term budget support, but there is much to be done to curtail the explosive growth in Medicaid costs, which is becoming the largest budget driver in Virginia's budget."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell is turning into the RINO I feared he'd be. How can these "conservatives" be critical of this Admin's out-of-control spending, while feeding at the trough?

Posted by: sanctuary_hill | September 10, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell is just a social warrior. There no longer such a thing as a Republican fiscal conservative. Warner was a fiscal conservative. Kaine was. Virginia became the best managed state and the best state for business under Democrats.

I'm not sure why Virginia voters got fickle and ruined a good streak for the state. wth were they thinking?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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