jump to example.com

Republican perspective on State of the Commonwealth

republicanDelegate Ronald A. Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, and Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R-Henrico) tonight delivered the Republican perspective on the State of Commonwealth.

The text of their remarks, which were broadcast following Governor McAuliffe’s, are as follows:

 

Senator Dunnavant
“Good evening, and thank you for joining us following the annual State of the Commonwealth Address.  I’m Senator Siobhan Dunnavant from Henrico County.”

Delegate Villanueva
“And I’m Delegate Ron Villanueva from Virginia Beach, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Tonight, Governor McAuliffe detailed his agenda for what will be his final General Assembly session.

“With last November’s elections, there are big changes coming to our nation’s Capitol.  Some of these changes, like rebuilding our national defense and including coal in a comprehensive approach to energy independence, will greatly benefit Virginia.

“Between now and February 25th, the General Assembly will be considering around 2,000 bills and resolutions submitted by the lawmakers you elected.

“There are many challenges we need to address during this session.  We will be promoting legislation to:

  • Repair our economic development outreach and incentive programs, to restore Virginia’s ranking as America’s best state for business;
  • Reduce the regulatory burden by cutting the government red tape that strangles job creation;
  • Eliminate fraudulent welfare spending by instituting reforms that will preserve this safety net for those truly in need;
  • Improve education by funding our public schools and encouraging greater choice for parents; and
  • Combat the heroin addiction crisis that is devastating families and entire communities.

“During General Assembly sessions, what you read in your local paper or see on the local news may not always reflect what is occupying most of our time in Richmond.  This disconnect occurs because the issues that receive most of our attention aren’t as exciting as the latest partisan squabble.

“We believe Virginians have had enough of partisan squabbles.  The commonsense priorities we have set for this session are conservative, but they are also intended to garner widespread support from both parties.

“We will also be amending Virginia’s two-year budget this session.  The House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, on which Senator Dunnavant serves, will be making changes to bring our budget back into balance.”

Senator Dunnavant
“Producing a balanced budget that addresses Virginia’s needs is one of the General Assembly’s most important responsibilities.

“For the first time since taking office, Governor McAuliffe has not included funding from Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion in his budget.  Although he is proposing to eliminate restrictions on his power to unilaterally implement Obamacare, his choice not to include these funds is a positive acknowledgment of the changes coming to Washington.

“By taking Medicaid expansion off the table, we can now begin the hard work of repairing and reforming an essential part of the social safety net.  As a practicing physician, I know firsthand the importance of addressing this problem.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has made recommendations to reform Medicaid, which we will be considering this session.

“Virginia’s government establishes its priorities in the budget.  We will be placing an emphasis on providing funding for the core functions of state government.

“We will prioritize funding for our public schools and continue to support our colleges and universities.

“We will ensure our public safety professionals have the resources they need and address compensation deficiencies for our State Police and Sheriff’s Deputies.

“And, we will continue our strong support for economic and workforce development.

“Finally, you have our commitment that we will balance Virginia’s budget without raising your taxes.  Just as your family must live within its means, a government that serves you must allocate your tax dollars responsibly.

Tonight, you have our commitment that we will complete our work on the budget – and all legislation – on time.

“On behalf of Delegate Villanueva and myself, thank you for watching tonight.  We wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year.”

   
Discussion
 
Highlights

College football TV schedule: Week 4

The following schedule is for college football games from Division I (FBS and FCS) for the dates of Sept. 21-24, 2017. Courtesy the National Football Foundation.

Skyline Drug Task Force touts new online tool to combat illicit drug sales

Law enforcement officials from across the region gathered in Waynesboro Thursday to talk up ReportADrugDealer.com, an online reporting tool being used to combat illicit drug sales.

Cliff Hyra: Libertarian reaches out to undecideds in Virginia governor race

Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian candidate for governor, was technically at Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial candidate debate.

Another new poll gives Northam big lead in Virginia governor race

One Virginia governor race poll released yesterday had Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie tied.

Poll: Trump unpopular in Virginia

President Donald Trump is well under water among Virginia voters, according to new poll results released by the University of Mary Washington.

The Petty Hearts bring Tom Petty tribute to Wayne Theatre on Sept. 22

Tom Petty tribute band The Petty Hearts are coming to the Wayne Theatre on Friday, Sept. 22.

Virginia Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival set for Saturday

The Virginia Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday in Downtown Waynesboro.

Events Calendar

Upcoming events in the Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia and statewide from the Augusta Free Press Events Calendar. Don't see your event listed? Email augustafreepress2@gmail.com.

UVA alum Chris Long to donate first six NFL game checks to fund scholarships

The Chris Long Foundation announced today that Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will donate his first six game checks of the 2017 NFL season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville.

Game Preview: VMI, Chattanooga look to get back on track on Saturday

VMI knew the 2017 football season was going to be a rebuilding year. Chattanooga, coming off a playoff appearance in 2016, had its usual high expectations.

Game Preview: UVA has a chance at Boise State

Vegas and the ESPN Power Index don’t give UVA much of a chance to win at Boise State on Friday night.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: First look at UVA-Boise State

Chris Graham and Scott German take a first look at the UVA-Boise State game set for Friday night.

Web Design, Marketing

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.

   
Recent Posts
   
Your One-Stop Media Shop
Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.