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Today's Opinions

  • Arming teachers is a lousy idea

        In 1999, after the first school gun massacre in Littleton, Colorado, the National Rifle Association barely waited two weeks to show up in town to hold a rally.
        Then-NRA President Charleton Heston stood on stage, held up a rifle, and uttered their macho chant popular at the time, “From my cold dead hands.”

  • Counting chickens

        Liberals are not getting a whole lot of news to support their hopes for an electoral disaster for Republicans in the fall.

  • Letter 02/28/18

    A new vision

        I was attracted to the abundance of natural beauty and the potentials when I made my home here in 1990.
        It feels like it’s time for a new vision to take hold here. In this vision county officials and various department heads share a common set of goals and operating principles: service, integrity, mutual respect, practical protections for water and air quality, and for our forests, soils and historic properties.

  • Budgets take very different approaches

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week at Virginia’s Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget.

  • One of the most responsible budgets the House Appropriations Committee has ever produced

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Senate budget is a better approach

    By Senator David Sutterlein

        This week the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget. There is no perfect budget, but the Senate budget that four Democratic senators and every Republican senator voted to approve is clearly the better approach for the Commonwealth and her taxpayers.

  • House and Senate spending plans starkly different

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        The seventh week of the 2018 General Assembly session saw both the House and the Senate unveiling their respective versions of Virginia’s Biennial Budgets.  As was the case in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2014, the two spending plans are starkly different and don’t even agree on how much money Virginia will have to spend over the next two years.

  • Medicaid expansion primary difference between House and Senate budgets

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Welcome to Week 7 of the Virginia General Assembly – a week in which the House and Senate each rolled out its respective version of the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget. The two versions differ substantially. The difference originates with how each chamber proposes to approach Medicaid expansion, and Medicaid expansion, in turn, has ripple effects throughout the rest of the budget.
        I focus here on the House version of the budget bill because that is the one that I helped assemble.