Connolly's Farewell Calls on President-Elect and Congress to Aid Localities and States
Dec. 31, 2008
- Connolly thanks constituents for support and touches on initiatives during his time on the Board of Supervisors.
- Calls attention to need for critical fiscal assistance for states and localities.
In his farewell address today as chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Gerald E. Connolly thanked county residents for their support during his time on the board, “I am tremendously proud of the work we have accomplished together.” Connolly will be representing Virginia’s 11th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The address will be aired on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 tonight Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Connolly called on President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming Congress to direct stimulus assistance to localities and states. “Aid to localities and states makes sense. All of them have shovel-ready transportation and other capital projects ready to go that can put people to work tomorrow morning.” He pointed out that state and local governments all across the nation are experiencing plummeting revenues and resulting fiscal stress not seen since the Great Depression.
Swift assistance for the municipal bond market’s recovery is crucial, Connolly emphasized, proposing federal loan guarantees or the creation of a new federal finance mechanism to facilitate the municipal bond market. “The new president and the 111th Congress should move immediately to reassert confidence in the high grade, already secure municipal bond market so that capital projects can be financed once again throughout the country.”
In his address, Connolly reflected on his 14 years on the Board of Supervisors, first as the Providence District supervisor and then as chairman for the past five years. “Virtually the entire quality of our lives is directly affected by the decisions we make at the local government level,” he said.
Connolly touched on many of the initiatives that occurred during his tenure including environmental stewardship; affordable housing preservation; foreclosure assistance; the plan to end homelessness; gang prevention activities; transportation improvements, including the expansion of Metrorail to Tysons; and numerous countywide meetings with the public for input on the fiscal Year 2010 Budget.
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