Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe says he wants to make the Commonwealth a “model for pragmatic leadership” that is “friendly” to job creation, strong schools, innovation, and transportation.

He views spending (or “investing”) as the solution to problems such as traffic gridlock: “Over the next four years, we have to prove to the taxpayers that we can spend their money effectively and efficiently to reduce (traffic) congestion and create economic activity,” McAuliffe said.

His first priority is workforce training: “We need to make sure we are investing in our education system,” including community colleges. He noted that Virginia has reduced education funding by over 40 percent in the last four years. “We need to work together to pay our teachers what they deserve in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” he added.