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Va. Gov: Schools' access to criminal records a 'tough decision'

Tuesday - 5/31/2011, 2:00pm  ET

The MWAA decision to put the Metro station underground is 'a waste of money,' the governor said. (WTOP/Paul D. Shinkman)

Ask the Governor

WTOP's Mark Segraves speaks to Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell


WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was a guest Tuesday on WTOP's "Ask The Governor" program.

The governor spoke about the possibility of local police departments sharing with universities arrest information about their students. This follows the arrest of UVa. student George Huguely V, who had been detained for misdemeanors involving drunkenness and resisting prior to being accused of killing fellow student Yeardley Love.

"There are obviously concerns about what information should be shared in a school district," McDonnell said. "They are entitled to some degree of privacy."

All criminal information, excluding juvenile convictions, are public record, he added.

"I don't think we've come to a policy decision yet about whether that's prudent," he said. "These are the tough decisions."

The governor also reinforced his position against putting underground the Metro station to service Dulles Airport, which he calls a "horrendous use of taxpayer money."

Virginia is not currently investigating potential distributor gouging as gas prices skyrocket, he said, pointing instead to other ways to lower energy costs, such as off-shore drilling.

In case you missed the program, listen to the full audio at right or check out this live blog:

10:55 a.m., speaking about the budget:

We're optimistic we'll have another surplus this year.

10:52 a.m., speaking about human trafficking:

We have three bills that have passed, all designed to help law enforcement with human trafficking.

10:47 a.m., speaking about meeting with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:

The MWAA decision to put the Metro station underground is "a waste of money."

I'm sending my secretary of transportation there. We think it's a "horrendous use of taxpayer money."

Hopefully the secretary will adopt that position and realize in these austere money times, we can't waste money like that.

I've asked MWAA board members to reverse their vote.

All the extra money gets passed on to the future users through increased tolls and fees.

10:36 a.m., speaking about employment:

We're coming out of the global economic downturn better than most, but it's still unacceptable.

We only give money for jobs incentives if we think we can get a payback through tax incentives, which we would only receive for that company performing in Virginia.

10:35 a.m., speaking about offshore drilling:

I support it, with revenue going to the states, like ground drilling, where states receive 50 percent of revenues.

10:33 a.m., speaking about highway bus driver regulations:

Like most accidents, it is a driver, or human, error that causes those, we're always looking for ways to improve licensing.

Because it's inter-state, a lot of these rules are federal laws. We have to look here (at the Tuesday I-95 crash), if we need to change the rules, or if this driver disregarded the rules.

10:27 a.m., speaking about the I-395 HOT lanes at Edsall Road:

We wanted to have them go all the way to D.C., but some of the local governments were not helpful. Arlington filed a lawsuit against Obama over that plan. We'd hoped we'd have local cooperation, and not lawsuits we think were unfounded.

10:23 a.m., speaking about offshore oil drilling:

This is not the exclusive solution, by any means. This is among a number of things.

Most people understand now we have to improve regulations, response procedures for errors. We shouldn't ignore these resources.

10:15 a.m., speaking about investigating gasoline prices and potential gouging:

"These questions come up every time gas prices have a significant spike."

I'm a strong proponent of offshore drilling and using all of our resources. At this point, there is not any action from our attorney general about this recent rise.

Our price gouging laws are tougher than Maryland's. There has to be a price that "shocks the conscience."

There are no gouging laws that account for prices rising at a normal level. I agree with that.

10:14 a.m., speaking about equipping emergency responders:

The Virginia Defense Force isn't funded the same way as the National Guard because it's a supplemental force.

I just had legislation passed this year to make it easier to deploy National Guard without having to first classify a state of emergency.

10:13 a.m., speaking about disaster relief:

For tornadoes, storms, terrorism attacks, we regularly do drills. You can't sit around and think when these things happen, you have to have your procedures in place.

10:07 a.m., speaking about Va. tornado victims: I'm very disappointed. I applied for Federal emergency classification and relief in three areas.

"Unfortunately we were turned down."

Federal government said there wasn't significant loss of life to qualify, which we're appealing.

10:04 a.m., speaking about the I-95 bus crash:

I did an aerial view, there was an all-hands on deck response. Everyone has now been removed and taken to medical care, and there is an accident team on the scene.

It looks like it was a North Carolina to New York bus trip.

It's too early to determine if any regulations of these buses should change, since we don't yet know what caused the accident.

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