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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We must help small companies and startups access capital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Black votes matter

        Despite his popularity among college age people, the Children of the Corn did not put Bernie Sanders over the top in the South Carolina primary.  Sanders seems to have put a great deal of effort into courting this age group, possibly because they are just too immature to realize that the socialism he’s preaching has been tried, in Europe, and mostly abandoned because it doesn’t work. Unfortunately for him, this age group has a poor record of showing up to vote.

  • Senate budget directs more money to schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week Virginia saw deadly tornadoes ravage our commonwealth and I would like to add my thoughts and prayers for those still reeling from the devastation, serious injuries and tragic loss of loved ones.  We even had sirens blaring tornado warnings in downtown Richmond and persons in Capitol Square were sent to designated shelter areas until the all clear signal was given.

  • On Trump, McDonnell and the Supreme Court

        This week’s deadline made for a problematic situation if one wanted to write about presidential politics.
        As you read this, the “Super Tuesday” primaries, including the one in Virginia, have been conducted, but the results were unknown to me.

  • House budget proposes no increases in taxes or fees

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last Sunday marked an important milestone in this year’s General Assembly.  It was the day that the House passed its biennial budget, known as House Bill 30.  At the same time, the Senate approved its version of the two-year budget.  Now, the “money committees” of each chamber – the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee – will work together to arrive at a final budget to present to the Governor in mid-March.

  • House budget provides for Safe Families pilot program

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Things continue to move on schedule at the General Assembly, and this week the House of Delegates approved its version of Virginia’s 2016-2018 biennial budget.

  • Plan would open CAER facility to nuclear research

    By Delegate Scott Garrett