• House budget is irresponsible

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week, Virginia Senate and House of Delegate budget conferees began negotiations after a bipartisan coalition in the Senate voted to substitute the House-backed Obamacare expansion budget with the fiscally responsible ($3.3 billion smaller) Senate plan.

  • House budget puts state’s fiscal future at risk

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With one week left in the 2018 General Assembly session, agreements are being reached on legislation while conferees are beginning what promises to be the most challenging negotiations on the budget since 2014.
        The differences between the House and Senate budgets garnered most of the media coverage this week.  What was overlooked in these accounts was a stand taken by myself and several of fellow delegates before formal negotiations began.

  • Arming teachers is a lousy idea

        In 1999, after the first school gun massacre in Littleton, Colorado, the National Rifle Association barely waited two weeks to show up in town to hold a rally.
        Then-NRA President Charleton Heston stood on stage, held up a rifle, and uttered their macho chant popular at the time, “From my cold dead hands.”

  • Counting chickens

        Liberals are not getting a whole lot of news to support their hopes for an electoral disaster for Republicans in the fall.

  • Budgets take very different approaches

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week at Virginia’s Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget.

  • One of the most responsible budgets the House Appropriations Committee has ever produced

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Senate budget is a better approach

    By Senator David Sutterlein

        This week the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget. There is no perfect budget, but the Senate budget that four Democratic senators and every Republican senator voted to approve is clearly the better approach for the Commonwealth and her taxpayers.

  • House and Senate spending plans starkly different

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        The seventh week of the 2018 General Assembly session saw both the House and the Senate unveiling their respective versions of Virginia’s Biennial Budgets.  As was the case in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2014, the two spending plans are starkly different and don’t even agree on how much money Virginia will have to spend over the next two years.

  • Medicaid expansion primary difference between House and Senate budgets

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Welcome to Week 7 of the Virginia General Assembly – a week in which the House and Senate each rolled out its respective version of the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget. The two versions differ substantially. The difference originates with how each chamber proposes to approach Medicaid expansion, and Medicaid expansion, in turn, has ripple effects throughout the rest of the budget.
        I focus here on the House version of the budget bill because that is the one that I helped assemble.

  • Russian interference in 2016 wasn’t a ‘hoax’

        Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently announced 13 indictments of Russian nationals and companies for their role in subverting our presidential election in a clear effort to elect Donald Trump as president.
        This prompted the Clown-in-Chief to go into one of his patented “tweet storms,” in which he blamed everyone and everything but himself and Russia for his predicament.