'Ask the Governor' with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was a guest Tuesday on WTOP's "Ask The Governor" program.
The governor addressed the recent claims by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova that roads in Northern Virginia -- many of which are managed by the state -- are "deplorable."
"I think it's always easy to pass the buck to another level of government," said McDonnell.
"If they're talking about potholes, we started a couple of weeks ago on a state-wide pothole blitz," to repair about 2,000 potholes, he said, also referencing the hundreds of millions of dollars lined up for further, long-term transportation infrastructure improvements.
McDonnell was also very clear in his support for the Virginia constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, which received 57 percent support from the public.
"That's the public opinion," he said. "That's the law."
While he hasn't formulated a specific opinion on new smartphone apps that alert drivers to DUI checkpoints, McDonnell indicated that these should be allowed under free speech.
This subject is not new, he said, pointing to radar detectors, CB radios and other technology used to thwart law enforcement.
Virginia is also underprepared for the increased traffic expected from upcoming Base Realignment and Closure Act changes, McDonnell said.
"The federal government didn't give us a whole lot of money, so our VDOT folks have been negotiating with them to get some defense access road funds" to mitigate traffic congestion, he said.
In case you missed the interview, check out the audio above, or this live blog:
10:57 a.m., speaking about legislation mandating autism insurance:
I am very sympathetic to the plight of people with autistic children, and the costs without insurance of attending to their needs.
I'm also aware of the costs of unfunded mandates, particularly under "Obamacare"
10:54 a.m., speaking about extending HOT lanes:
That was the initial plan, both with the initial administration and with ours.
We can't build those HOT lanes when we have a pending lawsuit against the previous administration.
10:53 a.m., speaking about additional reforms to streamline state government:
We've cut out some boards and commissions, we've put an inspector generals office into place, we've kept a hiring freeze in place that is totaling roughly $35 million in savings. We want to look at more privatization -- like ABC -- including potentially tolls or prisons.
10:47 a.m., speaking about DUI checkpoint smartphone apps:
This has been going on for decades, whether it's radar detectors or truckers on the CBs. We don't want to restrain people's ability to communicate freely.
10:46 a.m., speaking about Corey Stewart's criticism of DHS enforcement of immigration laws:
It's going to take the work of the federal government since they preempt states on this issue.
We're working with the Homeland Security secretary to allow our local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law.
10:45 a.m., speaking about Corey Stewart as a Senate candidate:
I'm not getting involved in that at this time.
10:44 a.m., speaking about year-round school:
I'm a big believer in local control and accountability, as were our founders. We've done some education reform over the last couple years with charter and college lab schools.
We're getting beat by some schools in the Pacific rim.
10:42 a.m., speaking about bills to veto:
One so far: that's the PE bill. There are a couple others we're considering, we'll have some announcements on that tomorrow. We'll have about 80 amendments this week. I work with the legislature to try to get legislation into a posture I can support.
10:38 a.m., speaking about a veterans bill:
This has to do with tuition money, elevating a Veterans Affairs Secretary position, and making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state.
10:37 a.m., speaking about vetoing the physical education bill:
We need that, but we need to be sure we don't put into place an unfunded mandate.
10:35 a.m., speaking about cost overruns at Dulles Rail Project:
The goal overall is for that not to happen. I don't want to concede that's going to happen.
Some of the Dulles Toll Road funds are going toward this project.
10:33 a.m., speaking about documenting workers:
Our job is to make sure immigration laws are enforced to the greatest extent possible.
There was one federal document we had used as a basis for determining licensing, which we stopped using after it was discovered an illegal immigrant used it, and then killed someone in a drunk driving incident.