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Columns

  • 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.

     

  • Getting ready for the final budget proposal

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It’s time to pay the piper

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.

     

  • Deciding the future of Medicaid in Va.

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

    Budget
        Debate on the budget began this week in the General Assembly. Many important issues will be decided through the budget this year. Perhaps the most important topic that we will discuss as a part of the budget is the future of Medicaid. The budget will eventually go into a conference with six members of both the House and the Senate who will help to find a compromise. I encourage you to follow along as we continue to discuss amendments to the budget.

    Important Bills

  • Potential for budget stalemate exists

        Capitol Square was busy this week, with both the House and the Senate unveiling – and ultimately approving – their respective versions of Virginia’s biennial budget.  In even-numbered years, the General Assembly is responsible for approving a two-year spending plan for the Commonwealth.

  • Because of Medicaid expansion, I didn’t support the Senate budget

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Virginia’s Capitol enjoyed warmer temperatures this week, while inside the Capitol the Senate of Virginia and the House of Delegates unveiled their respective plans to the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.