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

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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

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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 Statement on Bernie Sanders’ Horrifying Abortion Comments

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House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement on Sen. Bernie Sanders comments regarding abortion and population control at last night’s CNN town hall: “Senator Sanders’ comments laid bare the prevailing view of human life in the Democrat party, and it’s horrifying. In Virginia, Democrats have embraced abortion up until the moment of birth, a position amplified by … Read More

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

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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

Crime Commission Hears Public Testimony and Proposed Legislation on Day Two of Meetings

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The Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC) continued its two-day meeting on Tuesday, hearing public testimony and allowing legislators to present legislation filed during the ongoing special session. “The last two days of testimony have laid a strong foundation for the Crime Commission to conduct a thoughtful and deliberative study,” said Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham), Crime Commission Chairman. “Staff will … Read More

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

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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

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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

Wallet Hub: Virginia Ranks Near Top for School Quality, Safety

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Online publication Wallet Hub has announced their 2019 list of States With the Best and Worst School Systems, and Virginia is near the top. Virginia is ranked 4th overall in terms of best school system, and 2nd for school safety. The study also found that Virginia schools had the 4th highest scores on math tests, 4th lowest incidence of bullying. … Read More

Statement of Speaker Cox on Delegate Samirah’s Disruption

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox issued the following statement Wednesday following a disruption by Del. Ibraheem Samirah at the Commemorative Session of the General Assembly in Jamestown. “I am disappointed by Delegate Ibraheem Samirah’s disrespectful outburst during the President’s remarks. It was not only inconsistent with common decency, it was also a violation of the rules of the … Read More

Statement of House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert on Democrat Boycott of 2019 Commemoration Events at Jamestown

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House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement regarding the House and Senate Democrat boycott of President Trump’s potential visit to Jamestown: “It’s disappointing, but not at all unexpected, that Democrats would put politics ahead of this historic occasion. Virginia has been the custodian of representative democracy for 400 years. As the inheritors of the House of Burgesses, we … Read More