RICHMOND, Va. — One day before Virginia lawmakers return to the State Capitol for the 2011 session of the General Assembly, Gov. Bob McDonnell and other Republican leaders outlined a legislative agenda they say will deliver smaller government and a stronger economy.
Speaking with reporters during a Richmond news conference, McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli touted a plan that emphasizes government reform and restructuring, job creation, investment in higher education and transportation and protections for property rights and Virginia's right to work law. Republican lawmakers including House Speaker William Howell also called for a repeal ammendment to the U.S. Constitution, that would allow two thirds of the states to reverse any federal law or regulation.
Virginia Democrats say they will look for common ground on issues such as economic development, but House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong also predicted sharp disagreements on other parts of the Republican agenda.