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Columns

  • Protecting retirement savings Options

    Saving up for a rainy day – whether it’s a few quarters in your piggy bank as a child or investing in a retirement plan as an adult, many of us have heard from a young age about the importance of saving for the future. Saving is important to your financial security and independence. However, for many men and women who have worked their entire lives, every penny saved for retirement is a challenge.

     

  • Judge election authority rests solely with the General Assembly

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
        The 2016 session of the General Assembly ended a day early, with legislators approving a balanced budget and fulfilling their constitutional duty to appoint judges to the Commonwealth’s courts.  And for the second year in a row, it completed its work a day ahead of schedule.

  • Early finish saves taxpayers money

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2016 Virginia General Assembly is now adjourned.  It is my belief that this year’s session was one of the most productive and successful in recent memory, not only for the Commonwealth at large, but more important, for our region in particular.

  • Budget provides significant money for public schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly has come to a close, ending one of the most productive sessions, and doing it ahead of schedule.  Legislators completed their work, passing over 800 bills, approving a balanced two-year biennial budget, and electing a new justice to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

  • Reagan’s example lost in today’s GOP

        The recent death of Nancy Reagan brought with it a heavy media concentration on politics and history from the 1980s, reliving the time when her husband was unbeatable at the polls and the Republican Party was a very different institution.
        Nancy, herself, probably set the example for the modern first lady, before Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. She seldom got involved in policy, as Hillary did, but she was the most important person close to the president.

  • They are going to have to say ‘no’

        I often call the seats the supervisors sit in the hot seats. That’s because they usually must make decisions that will make somebody mad, no matter what they do. This is especially true when the time comes to work out the county’s budget for the year.
        It’s that happy time of the year again and the supervisors are facing the agonizing problem of more requests than they have money to fund. They have $94 million in revenue for the General Fund, but they have $98 million in spending requests.

  • We must help small companies and startups access capital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Budget approval process has new step

    By Senator Steve Newman

        With just one week remaining before its scheduled March 12 adjournment, this week inside Virginia’s Capitol was characterized by a lot of activity and some long debates on the Senate floor.  In great contrast to the 2010 and 2012 budget sessions, both of which ended in budget standoffs that took weeks to resolve, this year’s session is likely to be remembered most for its efficiency in considering and processing legislation.

  • Fund grants incentives to skills -based curricula

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With just one week left in the 2016 session of Virginia’s General Assembly, legislators are wrapping up work on legislation and preparing to approve the new 2016-2018 biennial budget.  The last two times the General Assembly considered a new biennial budget, in 2012 and 2014, impasses lasting weeks resulted in overtime sessions.  Things are moving briskly this year, however.

  • Bills deal with public education

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        We are one week away from the scheduled end of our 60-day legislative session.  Our time now is devoted to completion of committee work, review of Senate bills sent to the House, follow-up action to gubernatorial vetoes, and the fashioning of amendments to pending legislation.