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Today's Opinions

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Bill will create parental choice education accounts

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last week marked the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session.   It was a time of intense activity and reassuring collaboration, as delegates and senators of both parties worked together to fashion final legislative positions. 

  • Rolling back red tape

    Most people wouldn’t read the Federal Register on a daily basis – it’s not exactly light reading. But each business day, the Federal Register, kind of like a daily newspaper for the bureaucracy, is published with new federal agency regulations, executive orders, and proclamations. The 2016 edition of the Federal Register clocked in at 97,110 new pages for the year, longer by 16,000 pages than 2008’s edition of 80,700 pages.

  • Rally around the Trump

        I wonder if Rick Howell, of Liberal Agenda fame, ever reads The Economist? If he doesn’t, then he really should try to get a copy of last week’s edition and read the magazine’s Lexington column. The column provides an excellent description of why “Democrats’” current approach to opposing President Donald Trump is going to fail.

  • Budget requires no tax increase

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Well, we’re halfway through this 2017 General Assembly session. Tuesday marks crossover, the day when each chamber must complete work on the bills filed by its members.  With one notable exception, the Senate must have either approved or rejected every bill filed by a senator and the House must have done the same with every bill filed by a delegate.

  • Broadband bill requires government transparency

    oted that the pace of activity in the House was about average for a short session.  Short sessions are necessarily more hectic than long ones, because even with limitations placed on the number of bills delegates can submit, it still takes a lot of time, attention, and patience to consider nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions in 46 days.

  • Gorsuch: A great pick

    The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land. Established by Article III of the Constitution, the men and women appointed to the Supreme Court have the responsibility of deciding some of the toughest constitutional questions facing our country today. Just days ago, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.