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Columns

  • The importance of passing a budget

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        The General Assembly has one obligation in Richmond each year, to pass a budget.
        This year, the House budget is focused and prioritized, allotting $500 million for K-12 education, $20 million for tuition moderation, nearly $50 million for mental health, and $118 million for our hospitals for our free clinics. Without a budget, each of these areas, as well as transportation, public safety, our emergency responders, and teachers, will lose millions of dollars in the interim.

  • Calls picking up in March

    By Ryan Burnette
    Lieutenant/PIO
    Forest Vol. Fire Department

        February was a slower month than January for Forest VFD with 32 calls for service but March is starting off busy with 13 calls in seven days thus far.

  • Action for Congress on executive overreach

    Think back to civics class – one of the first lessons you probably learned was about the three branches of the United States government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were created as three co-equal branches of our government under the belief that any one branch should not gain too much power. However, it would seem that some of these lessons have been forgotten by this Administration.

     

  • President’s healthcare law continues to harm working families

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every time we turn around,

  • It’s time to pay the piper

  • Finally, military spending to be cut

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced recently that the military downsize we’ve needed for so long will now be proposed in the next round of budgeting.
        Hagel said it is his intention to reduce the size of the U.S. Army to numbers not seen since before the second world war.
        The Army National Guard and the Marines, too, would see reductions in their forces. Hagel also plans to renew the closings of U.S. military bases, following up on the base closing commission work of the recent past.

  • General Assembly session nears home stretch

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The sun shone over Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol this week as the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly officially entered the home stretch, as negotiations to iron-out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state’s biennial budget began.

  • How will ObamaCare affect us?

        This week in Richmond, Virginia’s two-year budget became the latest front in the battle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare.  And because Governor McAuliffe and Democrat senators have been devoted to the federal healthcare law and fiercely defending it, one of my measures to gather needed information on the law’s impact on Virginians was put on hold by a Senate committee.

  • Getting ready for the final budget proposal

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

  • Stopping government abuse

    Whether in the form of new regulations on businesses or mandates on families created under the new health care law, increasing executive overreach and government abuse is only growing the size and scope of the federal government. This trend is not the way to spur the economic growth and job creation our nations needs.