Area Jobs – Support for Vets – Public Service Recognition & Local Events

Graduation season is upon us! As a father of four and a high school teacher for 30 years, I know it is a time of great joy for students and their families. I wish all graduates a very bright and successful future.
In this Update, I report on the latest efforts to bring jobs to our area, support for our aging veterans, and the negative impact of the Governor’s unconstitutional voting rights efforts. I also wanted to recognize a great civil servant, Chesterfield County Manager Jay Stegmaier, and highlight some special local activities.

Jobs for Chesterfield County      
Last week, Governor McAuliffe signed my House bill (HB448) that will help bring 2,000 jobs to Chesterfield County/Central Virginia and a Shandong Tranlin Paper Company investment of $2 billion in real and personal property. Tranlin operates an environmentally-friendly and renewable business model to produce non-bleached, all-natural straw pulp, organic paper products, and organic fertilizers. Once in operation, Tranlin will utilize waste from corn, wheat, soybean, and barley crops to be used in the “straw” manufacturing process. This also represents a great business opportunity for local farmers to sell their crop waste.

Delegate Cox watches as the Governor signs HB 448 at the Capitol.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Awards
I was pleased to receive three awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognizing my work in the House of Delegates: Business Advocate of the Year, Economic Competitiveness Award, and “A” Voting Record.

The Business Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a legislator who advocates for Virginia businesses and economic growth in the private sector. The Economic Competitiveness Award is given to legislators who work to promote private sector growth along economic boundaries rather than political boundaries. An “A” Voting Record is presented to legislators who support legislation advancing the free enterprise system and promoting the interests of the Virginia business community.

(Left) Delegate Cox with other award recipients.
(Right) Delegate Cox with Chamber of Commerce leaders after receiving the Economic Competitiveness Award. 
To support economic growth in the Commonwealth, I was proud to carry the GO Virginia legislation in the House this past session. GO Virginia creates incentives for regional collaboration for private sector growth, job creation, and career readiness. To read more about GO Virginia, click here.

Governor Signs My Veterans Care Center Bill
On June 1st, Governor McAuliffe signed my House bill authorizing funding for two new veterans care centers , one in Hampton Roads and one in Northern Virginia, that will meet the needs of our aging veterans in those two areas while making more space available for veterans at existing care centers in the Richmond and Roanoke areas. I carried this funding bill after it became clear federal funding for these needed facilities were not a high priority in this era of Washington deficit budgets. It is important that Virginia takes care of our veterans.

Both veterans care centers will provide skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and rehabilitative services for veterans. The care center projects, one that has been on the federal waiting list for more than a decade, will be completed in less than four years.

(Left photo) Delegate Cox speaks to attendees at bill signing.
(Right photo) Delegate Cox with former Senator Toddy Puller at bill signing. 

Restoration of Rights 
Last month, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he was restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons-both violent and non-violent. His Obama-like view of executive authority violates the Virginia Constitution and directly contradicts legal advice given former Governors.

The Governor’s plan would allow a child sex offender to serve on juries deciding whether other child sex offenders should go to prison. There has even been a request from a defense lawyer to have convicted murders in the jury pool for trial of his defendant who is on trial for the murder of a State Trooper. Last week, the Washington Post reported that individuals who have yet to complete their sentences have had their rights restored by Governor McAuliffe.

Virginia Republicans have filed a lawsuit against the Governor’s egregious actions. On July 19th, the Supreme Court of Virginia will hold a special session to consider the constitutionality of Governor McAuliffe’s actions. I will continue to follow this pressing topic and will keep you updated.

Around the District 
Retiring Chesterfield County Manager Jay Steigmeir Resolution
I was pleased to present a commending resolution, passed unanimously by the House of Delegates, commending the work of Chesterfield County Manager James “Jay” Stegmaier. Jay first started working for Chesterfield County in 1979 and worked his way up the ladder until being appointed County Manager in 2007. During the time Jay worked for the county, the population has increased from 77,000 to 337,000 meaning that Jay has managed the largest locality in Central Virginia. I am grateful to Jay for his help in securing a $2 billion investment from Shandong Tranlin Paper Company that will result in 2,000 jobs for the Chesterfield County area. Jay is retiring on July 1st, and I wish him and his family all the best.

Delegate Cox, alongside members of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and members of the Chesterfield delegation to the General Assembly, presents a commending resolution to County Manager Jay Stegmaier.

Annual BIB Tournament in Colonial Heights 

It’s baseball season! The annual Boys Invitational Baseball (BIB) Tournament hosted by the Colonial Heights Optimist Club will be here before you know it–August 3rd to 14th to be exact. I hope that you’ll consider attending and help the Optimist Club support the young men in our community. Be sure to keep an eye out for my newly redesigned ad in the program!

Shred-It Event & Blood Drive
The Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two public events this Saturday, June 11th: a Shred-It Event and a Red Cross Blood Drive. If you have old tax returns or other sensitive documents, stop by to have them shredded. The Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive. Both events will be at the American Legion Post 284 building at 505 Springdale Avenue in Colonial Heights. The shredding will happen from 10am-1pm and the blood drive will happen from 10am-2pm. Visit the Chamber of Commerce’s event page for more info.

Primary Day – Please Vote
This Tuesday, June 14th, is Primary Day across Virginia. Many localities will have elections for Congressional nominees and for local offices. If you are a voter in the 4th Congressional district, be sure to stop by your usual polling place to vote for either a Republican or Democratic nominee for Congress. .
In closing, you can contact me at my home office by email or by calling 804-526-5135, by US mail – PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 or by stopping by my Colonial Heights office at 250B East Ellerslie Avenue. I appreciate your views on legislation that will help me do a better job for the people I represent.
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