I wish I could open this email update with a comment like “I’m glad warmer temperatures have arrived,” but we live in Virginia–no one ever knows what the weather is doing.
As the General Assembly is now adjourned, I will from time to time send you updates regarding both state matters and community events. I hope you can find these updates useful and informative.
The General Assembly will reconvene in special session on April 11, 2018 to finish its work on the state budget. While we typically have completed our work during the regularly scheduled session, it is not unheard of for the General Assembly to reconvene in special session to finish budget work.
Governor Northam did introduce a budget document that will serve as the starting point for our Special Session. The budget does not increase the amount of revenues, a wise move that the General Assembly should follow.
The budget originally passed by the House was a conservative spending plan. Our budget deposited $91 million into a cash reserve fund, provided for a teacher and state employee pay raise, made conservative reforms to Medicaid such as introducing a work requirement, and supported our hard working law enforcement officers and first responders. On top of that, House Republicans defeated over $770 million in tax increases proposed by the Democratic Party.
While we will continue to negotiate the budget in the Special Session, and I am confident we will pass a conservative, balanced budget long before the start of the July 1, 2018 fiscal year.
Residents of Colonial Heights will no longer be required to display city decals on their vehicles after City Council repealed the ordinance requiring their display. The Progress-Index reports that over 80 percent of cities and counties in Virginia no longer require a locality-specific decal. City residents buying a new car are still required to register it with the Commissioner of Revenue’s office within 30 days of purchase. Questions regarding this change in policy can contact the Commissioner’s office by calling (804) 520-9280.
Mega Site Community Meetings
Chesterfield County officials will hold three additional public meetings in April regarding the proposed Matoaca Mega Site. Meeting information is:
- Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. – Carver Middle School Auditorium, 3800 Cougar Trail, Chester
- Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m.-noon – Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 5100 W. Hundred Road, Chester
- Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. – Carver Middle School Auditorium, 3800 Cougar Trail, Chester
Last fall, I sent a letter to the county’s Board of Supervisors encouraging them to hold additional public meetings on the Mega Site before the project came up for a vote. I believe it is important that this process be open and transparent.
Summer is just around the corner! If you have young ones in the house, there are several summer camp options available. The Chesterfield Observer compiled a list of summer camps taking place in Chesterfield County for children, and even some adults. To view the list compiled by the Chesterfield Observer, click here.
Outside of session, you can contact me in my district office via phone at 526-5135; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by US mail at PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. I encourage you to visit my Facebook page, Twitter page, and website to stay up to date with events taking place in the 66th district and your state government.