Friday, March 9, 2012

Special Session/View the Debate on Term Contract (HB 576)

When the General Assembly adjourns tomorrow, they will leave town without addressing the budget, VRS, and transportation. Those three items will be taken up in a special session.

It is especially good for us that we will have more time to lobby the VRS legislation. Huge decisions which will have a great impact on public employees should not be made in the rush of the final days of the session. Both the House and Senate proposals will have a significant negative impact on the already modest pension benefits received by Virginia’s public employees. Both proposals have significant start up costs, no immediate impact on the unfunded liability, and no significant savings until far into the future. I am very glad that we will have more time to bring the light of truth to the debate.

I urge you to take the time to view yesterday's debate of HB 576 in the Senate.

Allow me to note that despite what Senator Obenshain said, VEA did not work with him on HB 576 or SB 438.

As you watch the video, you will see the "VEA brass" in the gallery. I was not with them, as I was working on the first floor fo the Capitol.

I encourage you to share this video with your colleagues.

Tomorrow is the last day of the regular session, but as the special session lies ahead, I'll be posting on this blog, but not daily. When the special session convenes, I'll resume daily postings.