Senator Saslaw has earned a reputation for his long record of fiscally disciplined leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets. With a “pay as you go” philosophy, Dick has led the way to keep future generations from carrying a burden of debt. He helped pass the most recent budget bill for Fiscal Year 2015—2016 that was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe without any amendments— a bipartisan accomplishment not seen in many years.
Due to the fiscal prudence of Dick Saslaw and a bipartisan coalition in the state Senate, Virginia has maintained its AAA bond rating—even as we recover from the Great Recession. Saslaw has prevented raids on the General Fund (the sole source of funding for public education, public safety, and health and human services). In addition, he has always been a fiscal watchdog and uses his leadership role to protect Virginia taxpayers.