Funding Transportation and Education–
and Fixing our Politics
A New Funding Stream
The Partnership drives revenue in three ways. First, new and more efficient businesses that develop through the Partnership will drive economic growth and tax revenue. Second, the state government can save money by operating more efficiently and derive additional revenue from new services. And finally, we get exposed to entirely new ideas that would have been otherwise overlooked.
A stronger economy and a more efficient, collaborative, and dynamic state government mean more money in our budget. This revenue isn’t available in just a single year but every year, allowing us to make new, larger, and more sustained investments in transportation and education.
Fixing our Politics
The Partnership for Progress, and the open government principles upon which it’s founded, has best been described by writer Micah Sifry as ‘we’ government. Our politics, at both the state and national levels, is mired in the same, tired argument of ‘big vs. small government’ and ‘right vs. left.’ Legislators in Richmond are quick to point out that they haven’t raised our taxes, but they never seem to come up with new ideas that put our public investments to the best use. In the meantime, we’re caught in the middle wondering why we just can’t seem to be able to shorten our commutes, improve our child’s education or create new jobs.
This Partnership provides an alternative to partisanship. A starting point from which we can all agree and from which we can all work — that each of us has something offer; that, in the end, our government is about us. We can all contribute to the process of getting Loudoun moving again. Now, technology provides the perfect platform to tap those ideas and promote collaboration between our citizens and our elected officials.
Take a minute to find out how the ideas behind this Partnership are benefitting communities across the country.