Issues Category Archive

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Democrats’ energy tax scheme would raise electricity bills by 10 percent

gshipley2019 General Assembly Session, Energy, Press Releases

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, House Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Terry Kilgore, and House of Delegates candidates Mary Margaret Kastleberg (R-Henrico) and D.J. Jordan (R-Prince William), held a press conference call today to discuss Virginia Democrats’ support for an energy tax scheme the SCC says will raise Virginians power bills by $144, or 10 percent, per year. … Read More

ICYMI: New study highlights costs associated with energy tax scheme pushed by Governor and Virginia Democrats

gshipley2019 General Assembly Session, Energy, Press Releases

The Thomas Jefferson Institute this week issued a study on the impacts and costs associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional energy tax system to reduce carbon emissions from electric power generators. During the 2019 General Assembly Session, the State Corporation Commission testified before a House subcommittee and stated that if Virginia were to join RGGI, residential … Read More

Majority Leader Gilbert: Virginia Democrats Stood With Kathy Tran. Will They Stand With O’Rourke?

gshipley2019 General Assembly Session, Issues, Press Releases

House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert today challenged Virginia Democrats to rebuke Democrat Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke and his position on abortion up until birth. House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement: “Virginia and the nation as a whole were horrified earlier this year when Democrat Del. Kathy Tran introduced a bill that, in her own words, would … Read More

Steady financial leadership from General Assembly leads to positive results for Virginia’s financial outlook

gshipleyAnnouncements, Budget

RICHMOND — The Commonwealth of Virginia ended the fiscal year with a $797.7 million revenue surplus, according to final figures provided at Tuesday’s joint meeting of the General Assembly’s money committees. The surplus will allow Virginia to set aside additional resources in our state reserve funds, and means the taxpayer relief passed by the General Assembly in January remains on … Read More

Crime Commission Begins Two-Day Meeting to Discuss Measures to Keep Virginia Communities Safe

gshipley2019 General Assembly Session, Public Safety, Uncategorized

RICHMOND — The Virginia State Crime Commission began a two-day meeting Monday as part of the ongoing General Assembly session on public safety that began on July 9, 2019 and will reconvene on November 18. Monday’s meeting included seven hours of expert testimony and presentations on firearms, mental health, and criminal justice. “These two days of meetings are the start … Read More

Speaker Cox Proposes Raising Teacher Pay to the National Average, Continuing College Tuition Freeze

gshipleyAnnouncements, Education, Press Releases

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox proposed on Thursday raising teacher pay in Virginia to the national average and continuing the freeze on college tuition. In a speech at the inaugural ChamberRVA Education Summit, Speaker Cox set a goal of raising teacher pay to the national average within four years. Cox also said he would prioritize freezing tuition again … Read More

For the first time in nearly 20 years, every four-year Virginia public college freezes tuition for 2019-2020 school year

HouseGOPEducation, Press Releases

“This is the exact outcome we all hoped for.” Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox and House Republican leaders on Wednesday commended Virginia’s public colleges and universities for unanimously freezing tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. Recently Longwood University became the final public school to announce they would not raise tuition costs for the upcoming school year. This follows … Read More

Northam Blocks Opioid Bill Backed by AG Herring, Local Prosecutors

HouseGOPGovernor Northam, Press Releases, Public Safety

 Hugo: “When we tried to take action to save lives, Governor Northam stood in the way”  For the third time in as many days, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam has vetoed bipartisan legislation designed to keep Virginians safe. Acting Thursday, Northam vetoed House Bill 2528, which would have allowed prosecutors to charge drug dealers with second degree murder if the drugs they … Read More

Majority Leader Gilbert: “Northam Chooses Political Rehab over Standing for the Victims of Abuse”

gshipleyGovernor Northam, Press Releases, Public Safety, Uncategorized

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam this morning vetoed House Bill 2042. The bill, patroned by Del. Kathleen Murphy (D – Fairfax) and House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R – Shenandoah), was a bipartisan effort to protect survivors of repeat domestic abuse. On the same day, Governor Northam wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post attempting to link his vetoes to … Read More

Sen. Sanders Joins VA House Democrats Calling for Prisoners to Vote

gshipley2019 General Assembly, Federalism, Press Releases, Public Safety

Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders made news this week when he suggested that convicted felons still incarcerated should be allowed to vote — even those convicted of murder or terrorism. “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person … Read More