Politifact Virginia: McDonnell flip flops on VRS contribution

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's time for this week's Politifact Virginia Report, and this week we are doing something a bit different. We are checking in on a claim that governor McDonnell made as a candidate.

Governor Bob McDonnell made a promise to state employees that he would maintain the state's commitment to the Virginia Retirement system. The governor said he would not force employees to contribute to their pension plan.

The pledge can still be found on his web site: "The tough fiscal climate...is no excuse for breaking a longstanding commitment to the men and women who have dedicated their careers to the service of Virginia's people."

But now that new numbers have revealed an erosion to the retirement plan, the governor is changing his mind. In his upcoming budget proposal, McDonnell is suggesting employees contribute 5 percent of their salary to their pension.

According to the reporters at the Times-Dispatch that pledge represents a complete a full "flip-flop". Danny Finnegan said it is a flip the governor's office admits it had to make.

"His office admitted that he flopped, but not all flops are bad that is not our point here to say that this is a wrong decision it's merely to point out that he has changes his stance and circumstances change," said Finnegan.

And you can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.PolitifactVirginia.com. And you can see all our past reports on my political blog, www.DecisionVirginia.com.

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