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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Preserving sportsmen’s heritage

    For many families in the Sixth Congressional District, sitting down at the dinner table is welcome ground for an old tale of a past hunting or fishing trip. Whether it’s a love of the sport, or simply spending time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting are traditions shared by the young and old. Ensuring that these activities are available to share with future generations is an important part of our heritage as Americans.

     

  • Rebuilding from the storm’s destruction

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Of Primary importance

        Every time the polling locations are open for a vote, it is important to cast your ballot – from local elections to the president.
        This Tuesday, March 1, is just about as big as it gets.
        Voters will have the chance this Tuesday to participate in the Republican and Democratic primaries as part of the Super Tuesday voting that could go a long way to decide who will be each Party’s candidate in the fall election.
        The stakes are enormous.

  • Expand vocational education

        I think School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler’s idea of a regional vocational center is worth pursuing.