Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day One of the 2015 General Assembly Session

Today was the first day of the 2015 General Assembly Session, and a messy, icy, and dangerous day it was in RVA. Each year our Lobby Cadre's work begins with a breakfast meeting where we review bills and strategize. The weather closed the restaurant, but every one of the UniServ Directors who serve on the Lobby Cadre was there. That speaks volumes to their dedication! We crossed the street to another breakfast nook, and began our work.
This first day saw an historic first. We have a delegate, Joe Morrisey, who is on work release, and who will return to his cell when the Governor finishes his speech tonight. Once again, I repeat my regular refrain, you can’t make this stuff up!
More in keeping with Virginia’s rich legislative history, both House and Senate gathered in the House Chamber this evening to hear from Virginia’s Governor.
When Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s 72nd Governor, focused on public education he proclaiming that, “My budget contains no program cuts to K-12 public education.” Stopping the cuts is step one.  We can only hope that next year his budget will begin repairing the damage that has been done by the extensive cuts we have endured since 2008.
I urge you to take the time to watch the Governor’s speech. To do so, click here.