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Today's Opinions

  • Supports transportation accountability bills

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly was in full swing as we approached the midway point of the 2015 session.  Both the House and Senate must complete their work on legislation before “crossover” on February 10.  After that, we will begin work on legislation sent over from the other Chamber.

  • It’s time for Congress to end the ethanol mandate

    Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.

  • The President’s budget proposes the same failed policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As I travel the Fifth District listening to those I represent, it is clear to me that Virginians recognize that the status quo is unsustainable. Our nation has borrowed $18 trillion, and Washington continues to borrow nearly 20 cents on every dollar it spends.  Parents are gravely concerned about the impact of our national debt on their children’s futures.

     

  • A worrisome loss of confidence
  • Lobby Day at the Va. General Assembly

        I was happy to participate in the 2015 “Lobby Day” events at the General Assembly in Richmond recently.
    My union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400,     sent a team of us to attend the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Legislative Conference, primarily to lobby on behalf of an increase in the minimum wage.
        We began on Sunday evening with a plenary session at the Richmond Marriott Inn, where we heard from several “friends of labor.”

  • House passes bills for vets

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We wrapped up our third week of session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly moving forward.  We have made significant progress on the thousands of bills and resolutions that come before us, and we’ve had a lot of interesting discussion and testimonies in my committees. 

  • Commentary: A tale of 2 towns

    By Patrick Ellis
    Goose Creek Studio
    Bedford

        “There are no distressed buildings downtown.” 
        This was Councilman Steve Rush’s response to a question put to candidates for town council concerning what the town was doing to address the large number of distressed buildings downtown.  I get it. 

  • General Assembly session moves toward crossover

    By Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Hard as it may be to believe, we are already over one-third of the way through the 2015 General Assembly session.  The deadline on bills came at the end of last week, and this year’s session will consider over 2,100 bills and over 400 resolutions.  That means the General Assembly will have to process an average of 55 bills every day we’re in session.