Watchdog.org reported last month that McAuliffe’s list of 10 spending priorities had no dedicated funding sources. NBC News’ Chuck Todd then pressed the Democrat for answers at a subsequent gubernatorial debate. McAuliffe wouldn’t budge.
On Wednesday, Republican Cuccinelli rolled out a study showing that McAuliffe’s $14 billion wish list would cost Virginia families an average of $1,700 a year.
The four costliest items were for new school spending: $5.6 billion more for pre-K-12 education; $3.8 billion for “college affordability”; $2.8 billion for higher teacher pay; and $900 million more for community colleges.
McAuliffe has received endorsements and six-figure campaign contributions from state and national teachers unions.
McAuliffe’s spokesman, Josh Schwerin, did not specifically dispute Cuccinelli’s figures, but told the Washington Times that the attorney general had “sunk to a new low with his desperate and misleading attacks.”