Thursday, February 28, 2013
Terry McAuliffe said he disagreed with parts of bill but thought supporting the compromise that passed the Senate on Saturday was crucial.
Terry McAuliffe, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, came to Arlington Tuesday to praise the work of Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell. McAuliffe, the Democrat hoping to succeed McDonnell, said he spent hours on the phone calling members of both parties urging them to support a state transportation compromise, which ultimately passed this weekend in the hours before the 2013 General Assembly session ended. "When you work on these major projects, it's not about a partisan agenda," McAuliffe told about a half-dozen reporters at a news conference on the 15th floor of the Sheraton Pentagon City. "This was a big deal. Was this a legacy item for Governor McDonnell? You bet it was." The event was designed to paint …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Virginia governor's proposed $3.1 billion transportation overhaul gives higher percentage of sales tax to projects, leaves tax on diesel in tact.
Wednesday, January 9
By Mark Robinson, Capital News Service RICHMOND – With the General Assembly set to convene, Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed Tuesday increasing Virginia’s sales tax and abolishing its nearly 27-year-old gas tax, making Virginia the first state in the country to do so. The measures are a part of the governor’s proposed $3.1 billion plan to fund improvements to Virginia’s transportation system over the next five years. The funds would supplement $14 billion of transportation projects already under way in the commonwealth, the most in Virginia’s history. “Declining funds for infrastructure maintenance, stagnant motor fuels tax revenues, increased demand for transit and passenger rail and the growing cost of major infrastructure projects …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Fairfax County residents gathered Saturday for a four-hour hearing.
Human services funding was a major talking point Saturday during a public hearing before Fairfax County’s delegation to the Virginia General Assembly. About 70 residents and stakeholders gathered at Fairfax County Government Center to speak during the nearly four-hour hearing, advocating for programs including family services funding, the Northern Virginia Training Center and Medicaid expansion, among others. Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, reiterated the county’s need for transportation funding – money many lawmakers in Richmond don’t think will arrive, and the restoration of the "cost of competing" salary assistance program that helps the county to attract and recruit teachers. In Gov. Bob McDonnell’s …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Meeting and hearing is just days before start of next General Assembly session.
Fairfax County residents have an opportunity to meet with the County’s General Assembly delegation at the Fairfax County Government Center on Saturday, just days before the start of the General Assembly's 2013 session. The public input session is set to take place Saturday, before the area's delegates and senators head down to Richmond for the start of the General Assembly’s 2013 session, which begins Wednesday. The meeting will include an opportunity for residents to speak out about the issues important to them. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there were 47 residents signed up to speak at the meeting, according to county representatives. Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova will deliver brief remarks before the meeting and then open the …
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Area sees power drain in state Senate committees