GPVA Supports Higher Education & State Parks Bond Referenda
Northern Virginia Local Groups Reject Transportation Referendum
Contact: Miriam Gennari, Press Secretary, Virginia Green Party, 703-549-1422, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Party of Virginia (GPVA) voted Sunday, October 27, 2002 to endorse
the bond proposals put forth for consideration on the November 5th ballot.
While there was general consensus that parks and education should be
priorities within the general budget, not afterthoughts which require special
means, it was acknowledged that both areas would have been under-funded
regardless of the recent economic downturn. "It's lamentable that the
Commonwealth has allowed itself to be so vulnerable," stated one member, "but
it makes sense to take advantage of the silver lining and borrow while the
rates are historically low".
Virginia's park system, while having been very effectively run despite severe
under-funding, is due for some serious attention, particularly in the
acquisition, classification, and protection of natural area preserves. The
GPVA strongly supports the new acquisition this funding would bring, and would
like to see an increase in the percentage of funds reserved for this purpose.
As for education, new facilities at Virginia's colleges and universities would
not only help students compete for better jobs, but would promote lifelong
learning for entire communities.
The Northern Virginia transportation tax referendum is opposed by all
affiliated Green Party local organizations in that area (Arlington, NOVA, and
Loudoun). The concern is that such a tax promotes sprawl and subsequent
environmental degradation, by continuing to subsidize the already powerful
construction and real estate industries. These Green locals point to the many
highway projects yet unfinished as testament to the transportation
department's unacceptable record in meeting its goals, and suggest better
land-use planning as a more cost-effective means of reducing traffic
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can be found at: http://www.gp.org
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GPVA Press Secretary: Miriam