March 14, 2014
"Everybody's acknowledged we need more revenues, now lets find that common ground," says Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia.
With budget talks in limbo, Warner is putting out fires among voters, answering questions and preaching his own solution to the problem.
"It is going to require a sense of compromise and a sense of willingness to put Virginia first and not your political ideology first," says Governor Warner. It's something he says legislators are catching on to. "I think you're seeing a growing number of house members in the republican caucus say, hey, we've got to find a solution," says Warner. "We've got to be willing to compromise."
Some may find it odd that the Governor picked America's number one city to talk about the ills of not having a budget, but he let the people here know they'll be affected right along with the rest of the state. "They don't want the legislature to punt this problem down to local governments, where they have to then raise their property taxes 10- or 20-percent," says Warner. "Compromise, get the job done, let us go ahead and put Virginia first."
Whether that compromise will happen is yet to be seen. Legislators have until June 30 to come up with a new budget before the current one expires.