- Higher teacher pay.
- Increased funds to make college more affordable.
- Better retirement benefits for teachers.
- Higher spending on K-12 education.
- Increased research funds for higher education.
- Increased spending on tourism.
- Increased spending on inner-city passenger rail.
- Expanded rail service throughout Virginia.
- Increased funding for rural health care.
- Increased funding for mental health.
Such an ambitious list comes with an equally ambitious price tag, estimated by some as high as $14 Billion but even half of that would represent an unprecedented massive increase of spending. When asked where the money would come from to fund his promises, the New Yorker has repeatedly cited the federal dollars coming with an expansion of medicaid and mysterious and unnamed improvements in efficiencies. I’ll get to the medicaid expansion later but let’s be clear, the savings to be gained from improved efficiencies is minimal at best and given that Mr. McAuliffe has little knowledge of and even less experience in the workings of Virginia government, non-existent at worst.
That leaves the supposed windfall from medicaid expansion. Now I am not sure exactly how the former DNC chair thinks he is going to convince the Republican dominated Virginia General Assembly to reverse course and vote to expand medicaid or if he is even aware that he lacks the authority to unilaterally make that happen. The fate of Medicaid expansion in Virginia is, by statute, in the hands of the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission. According to the code of Virginia 30-347
An affirmative vote by three of the five members of the Commission from the House of Delegates and three of the five members of the Commission from the Senate shall be required to endorse any reform proposal to amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and any waivers thereof, to implement coverage for newly eligible individuals pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(y)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Terry McAuliffe does not have the experience or knowhow to improve efficiencies and he does not have the votes to expand Medicaid and as he so eloquently stated in the first debate;
If we don’t get the Medicaid expansion, we can’t bring in the efficiencies, then I agree with you. There’s not money to be spent.
In other words, all of you suckers who are voting for Terry McAuliffe because he promised you something, be prepared to be disappointed.