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Columns

  • Outside agencies provide good value

        Every year, as they develop their budgets, both the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council get requests from outside agencies for money.
        This year, the process was accompanied by some fussing on Town Council. It was kind of a tempest in a teapot and nothing happened. Most councilmen agreed that refusing to provide any funding to outside agencies, at this point, would amount to an unfair surprise for these organizations. A policy would need to be developed and applied to next year’s requests.

  • Agreement on budget elusive

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly adjourned on Saturday. Consensus was achieved on several important issues in the final days of session, but bicameral agreement on the Commonwealth’s two year budget continued to prove elusive.

  • Session ends as scheduled

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
                            The 2018 General Assembly session ended as scheduled on Saturday.  Of the 2,606 bills submitted by legislators, 874 were approved.  One very important bill, the state budget, was not.  Consequently, we’ll be returning to Richmond soon to approve a two-year spending plan.

  • Budget adoption: The sooner the better

    By Delegate Terry Austin

  • Cynthia Dunbar’s extreme, fanatical candidacy

        Of all the candidates who want the Republican nomination for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District, there is one who stands out from the crowd for harsh extremism and sheer lunacy.
        Cynthia Dunbar is a right-wing import from Texas (there’s some immigration I’d like to stop). She was notorious for being one of the religious fanatics who gained control of the state board of education. 

  • Do you trust the government? ?

        Last week Rick Howell in his Liberal Agenda, typical of the left wing extremists who dominate the “Democratic” Party, blamed the problem of mass shootings in the United States on the presence of guns  in America. At the beginning of of his column, he identified Columbine High School as the scene of America’s first mass shooting in a high school. He correctly gave the year of that mass shooting as 1999.

  • Garrett is one of six House budget conferees

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • General Assembly session may extend past March 10 closing date

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Only one week remains in the scheduled session of the 2018 General Assembly. This means that activity in both chambers is slowing down, as the finishing touches are put on the final versions of bills that have been agreed upon jointly by the House and Senate.

  • House budget is irresponsible

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week, Virginia Senate and House of Delegate budget conferees began negotiations after a bipartisan coalition in the Senate voted to substitute the House-backed Obamacare expansion budget with the fiscally responsible ($3.3 billion smaller) Senate plan.

  • House budget puts state’s fiscal future at risk

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With one week left in the 2018 General Assembly session, agreements are being reached on legislation while conferees are beginning what promises to be the most challenging negotiations on the budget since 2014.
        The differences between the House and Senate budgets garnered most of the media coverage this week.  What was overlooked in these accounts was a stand taken by myself and several of fellow delegates before formal negotiations began.