Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell recommended Monday that the state eliminate 20 mandates on localities, including those requiring that the state Department of Transportation approve locally placed red-light cameras and forcing proceeds from education surplus property to go to capital improvements.
“Burdensome mandates on localities exacerbate the challenge of balancing a budget in these tight fiscal times,” McDonnell (R) said. “On the state level, we don’t like it when the federal government hamstrings us with mandates and red tape. Unnecessary or over-reaching mandates are just as detrimental to local governments.”
McDonnell was joined at a Capitol Square news conference by members of his Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review, which had recommended the proposals. See the full list here.
He also recommended restoring $25 million of a $120 million cut over two years in aid to localities.