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McDonnell to visit Monday

Friday, August 9, 2013

RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell will host a cookout for state employees Monday in Martinsville.

The event is part of a week-long “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour of Virginia. The tour, which begins today in Salem and concludes in Leesburg, will highlight Virginia’s successes over the past three and a half years.

Monday’s cookout will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Great Hall in the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.

Employees of the following Martinsville-area agencies, each with more than five employees, have been invited: Patrick Henry Community College, Museum of Natural History, Virginia Department of Health, Department of Corrections (Community Corrections), Virginia Employment Commission, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Motor Vehicles, Indigent Defense Commission, New College Institute, State Police, Department of Aging and Rehab Services, and Fairy Stone State Park.

Speaking about the upcoming tour, McDonnell noted, “This is a commonwealth of opportunity. Over the past three and a half years, through bipartisan cooperation, Virginia has taken tremendous steps forward. Our unemployment rate has fallen from 7.3 percent to 5.5 percent and is the lowest in the Southeast, and far below the national average.

“Since the beginning of our administration, Virginia has added 172,600 net new jobs. Agricultural exports have reached record highs. At the same time we’ve posted four straight revenue surpluses, more than doubled the state’s Rainy Day Fund and dramatically reduced the future unfunded liabilities in our pension system. State workers have received their first pay raise in six years,” he said.

He also noted the passage of the transportation plan that will pump nearly $6 billion in new revenue into roads and rail around the state over the next five years; college is more affordable and accessible, and K-12 education has new reforms and policies.

“In short, the last three and a half years have witnessed significant progress being made in addressing the challenges facing our citizens in their daily lives. Virginia has more jobs; Virginians have more opportunities. I look forward to traveling the state in the days ahead to see some of these successes first-hand, and to learn more about what we can continue to do in Richmond to improve the lives of all Virginians,” McDonnell added.


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