Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has used his line-item veto authority to strike $424,000 in taxpayer funding for public broadcasting. McDonnell had previously sought to reduce the spending twice, but the legislature approved the funds over his objections. The veto cannot be overridden.
Americans for Prosperitys Virginia Director Trixie Averill issued the following statement:
Despite reports to the contrary, Governor Bob McDonnell has not killed Big Bird. Neither has he silenced Elmo. He has simply made a common sense decision on state spending.