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Va. Governor: There’s a ‘dangerous disconnect’ between D.C. and states


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) (Steve Helber/AP)

There is a “dangerous disconnect” between Washington, D.C., and the states, Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell writes in the opinion pages of The Washington Post today.

McDonnell lays the blame at the feet of both parties, criticizing the president for creating a culture that suffers from “a surplus of oratory and a deficit of governing” while also criticizing Republicans for quixotically trying to get Democrats to defund the president’s main legislative achievement—the health care law.

All the dysfunction is squeezing real people in the states, McDonnell writes.

Now, real people pay the price for gamesmanship. Virginia is home to more than 172,000 federal civilian workers . We estimate that roughly one-third have been furloughedas a result of the shutdown. That means no paycheck and difficulty planning for the future. For the state, it means reduced income and sales-tax collections, which will hurt our state budget and job growth. The shutdown could also affect Child Care and Development Block Grants, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grants, block grants for mental health treatment and community health centers, to name just a few programs.

The D.C. region, including parts of Virginia and Maryland, has been especially hard-hit by the major federal budget battles, first from sequestration and now from the shutdown. You can read McDonnell’s full piece here.

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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