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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

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

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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

Head of VA Tech Review Panel Says Crime Commission Review ‘Prudent Decision’

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Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine, don’t like the fact that Republicans asked the Virginia Crime Commission to study the legislation pending before the Special Session Governor Northam called regarding gun control. But the retired State Police Chief Kaine asked to run the Virginia Tech Review Panel disagrees. According to the Roanoke Times: “..the chairman of the panel Kaine appointed, Gerald Massengill, … Read More

House of Delegates will advance aid for Virginia Beach, victims over objections of Democrats

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Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates said Wednesday they will begin work on a package of legislation designed to aid the City of Virginia Beach and the victims of the May 31 murders at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Four pieces of legislation introduced by Delegate Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) were referred to the House Committee on Appropriations … Read More

Citing Republican initiatives, Virginia named ‘Best State for Business’ by CNBC

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox released the following statement Tuesday after CNBC awarded Virginia with the top spot as the nation’s Best State for Business: “There’s no secret behind Virginia’s climb to the top of the rankings this year. Our highly-educated workforce, our business-friendly regulatory environment, low taxes, and our ongoing commitment to education make our Commonwealth a … Read More

Statement of House Speaker Kirk Cox on Special Session called by Governor Northam

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox released the following statement Tuesday after Governor Ralph Northam announced he would call a Special Session following the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach. “The terrible shooting that occurred in Virginia Beach just four days ago is still painfully fresh for everyone, especially the 12 families that lost loved ones. First and foremost, we … Read More