By Mark Mix
Home day care providers would be forced into unions
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faces some difficult decisions when it comes time to sign bills passed during this year's General Assembly, including whether to sign or amend a transportation bill that riled conservatives and could further alienate some members of his own party.
Senate Democrats effectively delayed a Republican voter-identification bill for another year after Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling sided with them on Monday to break a party-line 20-20 tie.
"The bill started off as a measured approach but became bloated and they just kept adding and adding to it," said Sen. Richard H. Black, a Loudoun Republican who said he would have opposed even a slight tax increase. "The grass-roots [Republicans] seem to be extremely angry about this. They've heard a lot of promises about not raising taxes."
"Signing this bill is a no-brainer," said Mr. Black, who sponsored the legislation. "Everybody is aware of the vulnerability. To tamper with it, I think, would be a disgrace."