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PolitiFact Virginia: Allen says he reined in state spending as governor

On August 22, 2011 PolitiFact Virginia reported:

 

Republican George Allen is promising his unrelenting effort to curb federal spending if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate next year.

He says he’ll bring to Washington the same kind of “sweeping reform” he brought to Virginia as governor from 1994 to 1998. His campaign web site says that when Allen was governor, “He challenged critics and sentiment that suggested it couldn’t be done, reining in government spending and substantially reducing the size of the state workforce.”

Last week, we looked at Allen’s claim he “substantially reduced” the state workforce and rated it Mostly True. Although there was a 9 percent drop in the number of bureaucrats during Allen’s administration, the state’s reliance on private contractors grew……But Allen says he reined it in. That creates an impression the bottom line shrank or was stunted in growth. We rate the statement False.

 

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