Governor Tim Kaine says Virginia is strong, but he also says there is a lot of work to be done. He spoke to the General Assembly and to all Virginians in his State of the Commonwealth Address Wednesday night from the Capitol in Richmond.
Kaine asked that basics such as mental health care, economics, education and transportation get funding.
"When a Virginian is laid off from work, he doesn't need a Democratic strategy or a Republican strategy, he needs a job," says Kaine.
He started his list of possible reforms after a moment of silence to remember the victims of the April 16 Virginia Tech shooting. His requests include asking that gun show loop-holes be closed and the Commonwealth's mental health system be expanded.
"Thousands of Virginians with mental health needs are not getting the treatment when they need it, and many are not getting treatment at all," says Kaine.
Kaine said that transportation projects are beginning to see results but funding is still an issue. Regarding the abusive driver fees, he says have not worked out as planned.
"Virginia citizens in huge numbers have told us that the fees should be repealed, and we should listen to them," says Kaine as he is interrupted by applause.
Kaine also said he expected the economy to slow, but said Virginia could remain competitive as long as its education system was kept up to date with more funding for colleges and preschool programs.
"Children who attend high quality preschool are more likely to finish school, find good jobs, and are less likely to commit crimes," says Kaine.
Kaine also asked for help from both sides of the aisle to work on the non-partisian redistricting of Virginia and to close campaign finance loop-holes so voters can see from where all the money comes.