BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Governor Northam’s Budget hearing held today on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Va had a large turnout. Community members, educators, business owners all in attendance to express their concerns towards investment in education K-12, tuition-free community college, protect Virginia’s environment and what many say is overreaching gun control here in the Commonwealth.
Many in attendance wanted more pay for educators and help with aging school buildings. Many schools in the Commonwealth need rebuilding, new roofs and all-around new infrastructure for our teachers to do better work and help cut down on the many distractions from the school year.
“As you know, local economies have not been thriving over the last ten years and so… that strain is being felt by our students and our teachers in the buildings that we’re sending them to.”Keith Perrigan – President of Coalition of Small and Rural Schools
One of the most brought-up topics during today’s budget hearing was the people’s concern over gun control and the 2nd Amendment. From college students to business owners and even public school teachers, all taking their turn at the podium to express their concern with what is considered infringing on what many feel one of our most important rights as Americans.
“Yes, something needs to be addressed, I grant you. Most gun owners will agree with that. This proposal by the Governor is not the way we should be going about doing it.”Calvin Andrews – Public School Teacher
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