Saxman praises GA on bond issue, judicial appointments

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State Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, feels good about what the General Assembly was able to do in its $2.6 billion bond package to further capital-improvements projects in the Central Shenandoah Valley.

“I am particularly pleased that the approved bond package includes two important projects for our area- Western State Hospital and VSDB. A project that has long been discussed- the construction of a new Western State Hospital facility- is included in this bond package. In addition, the bonds will provide an additional $71.3 million for construction of the new Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-disabled in Staunton. These projects are important to our community, and to Virginia as a whole, and I am pleased that we were able to provide this additional investment from the state,” Saxman said.

“Overall, this bond package is an important legislative accomplishment for all of Virginia, and will provide important funding for many state infrastructure needs. It also includes the important reforms Virginians want to assure them that the money invested in these projects will be used effectively and responsibly. I look forward to seeing these investments in our community and will continue to work to ensure that our government continues to increase accountability, transparency and efficiency in all areas of government spending,” Saxman said.

Saxman also praised the efforts of legislators to act on a contested judicial appointment in the 25th Judicial Circuit Court. Local juvenile and domestic-relations court judge Victor Ludwig will serve the Circuit Court for an eight-year term beginning on May 1.

“Judge Ludwig has served honorably as a judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and I know our community will be well served by him in this new position,” Saxman said.

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