Robert Hurt: The Fifth District economy needs the freedom to grow


It was great to be back in Central and Southside Virginia for the past week. I believe that my ability to be a good representative in Congress depends on listening to and hearing from the people across the Fifth District, and this past work week I had the opportunity to meet with a variety of constituents, organizations, and business leaders.

With the economy remaining the number one area of concern for Central and Southside Virginians, I traveled across the district holding business roundtables in Chatham, Bedford, and Farmville and spoke with the local members of the Danville-Pittsylvania County, Halifax County, Martinsville-Henry County, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville Chambers of Commerce.

The input I heard from our employers and employees provided me with critical insight as we continue to work to get our economy back on track.

One of the overwhelming messages I heard was how the expansion of the federal government into the private sector has directly and negatively impacted businesses both small and large in the Fifth District.

Almost every one of our business leaders expressed serious concern about the number of unnecessary, government mandated regulations. Not only do these excessive and burdensome regulations end up costing critical resources in the short term, but the uncertainty of future and pending regulations stops them from being able to adequately plan for the future.

It is clear that our businesses will not have the confidence necessary to expand and create long lasting jobs for Central and Southside Virginians until we reduce the number of onerous government regulations that are injecting an incredible amount of uncertainty into our marketplace.

With this knowledge in hand, our work in Washington becomes even more important as we begin our efforts in committees to identify and eliminate those regulations that are overreaching and adding a tremendous weight and cost on business.

As we seek to put policies in place that will help move our economy forward, I will continue to take with me the important messages I heard this week from our local business leaders and the people throughout the Fifth District.

If you need any additional information on these or any other issues, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, or Danville office: (434) 791-2596

Robert Hurt represents the Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives.



uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

augusta free press

Subscribe

Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.

 
augusta free press
augusta free press news