FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2019
On Thursday, Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) held his annual Telephone Town Hall for the 2019 General Assembly session.
This event allows Speaker Cox to connect with hundreds of his constituents through a conference call format to discuss current issues, answer specific policy questions, and poll participants with instant results. Thursday’s event had over 1,300 constituents participate.
“One of the most common things I hear from constituents is how beneficial and informative these telephone town halls are in helping keep them informed about the legislative process and determining how I can better serve the residents of the 66th District,” said Speaker Cox. “I am grateful to all the participants for their time and feedback on the important issues facing the Commonwealth. Opportunities such as this, help shape the legislative priorities each year while ensuring we continue to create a stronger and healthier Commonwealth.”
During the hour long conversation, Cox took questions from callers and asked poll questions while discussing many topics including Governor Northam’s budget proposal, strengthening higher education, providing regulatory relief for small business, and improvements to school safety. Constituents answered poll questions related to specific legislation that Speaker Cox and House Republicans are carrying this session. Poll results concluded that the majority of participants on the call agreed with Speaker Cox’s legislative priorities and the intent of proposed legislation. You can view the poll results hereYou can view the poll results here.
Many constituents expressed concern over Governor Northam’s proposed budget that includes over $2.2 billion in new government spending that would be funded by a hidden middle class tax increase. Speaker Cox and House Republicans are opposed to increasing government spending and raising taxes for hard working Virginians. House Republicans have proposed a tax relief package that would put money back in the pockets of hard-working Virginians. The legislation would allow taxpayers to itemize their deduction on the state level even if they took the standard deduction on their federal taxes. This would mean an estimated saving of $805 for the average family. The Republican plan would also increase the standard deduction, resulting in tax relief to an estimated 2.7 million additional Virginians.
Speaker Cox also encourages his constituents from the 66th District to continue providing insight into the legislative process by completing his 10 question multiple choice survey that covers many topics and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. The survey can be taken online at www.kirkcox.com.
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