NEWS YOU CAN USE!
Dear Prince William friends, families, and neighbors,
This update is a little longer than what we usually send, but I have a lot to tell you and hope this is news you can use.
BUDGET UPDATE: On September 18 and 19, we return to Richmond to tackle three issues: Medicaid, judicial appointments, and the two-year state budget that took effect on July 1. Earlier this year, Virginia projected a revenue shortfall (tax receipts) of $1.5B, but a revised forecast has upped the shortfall to $2.5B ($881M larger than expected). This requires a downward adjustment in the budget and results from several factors, including the President’s 2012 tax increases, the Administration’s cuts to national defense, Sequestration, and reduced federal military contracts in Virginia of 20% ($9B) and a loss of 154,000 jobs. Translation: We have our work cut out for us, and we in the General Assembly are working with Gov. McAuliffe on this very difficult matter. More later, but I wanted you to hear this now.
I’M SERIOUS: If you live in the 51st House District and have mobility challenges and no voter ID, let us know and we’ll drive you to/from the PWC Registrar of Voters office to get a free ID. I want all to vote for their candidate(s) and issue(s) of choice. I’m serious about that!
PRTC TYSONS EXPRESS BUS TO CEASE: About 163 commuters ride this bus every day, but PRTC proposes discontinuation of this temporary service with the opening of the I-95 and I-495 Express Lanes. PRTC will host a public hearing on Sept. 10 at 7pm at the PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA. If you can’t attend, you can comment until 5pm on Sept. 17 to publichearing@OmniRide.com or by writing PRTC (Attn: Public Hearing), at the above address. Please make your voice heard!
EZ-PASS MADE EASY: With the coming of the I-95 Express Lanes in January, I broke down and just purchased an E-ZPass Flex for my automobile and an EZ-Pass for my wife. Click here to see an on-line video on how to use your EZ-Pass.
BRINGING PFC RICHARD N. BEAN HOME TO PWC: In 2013, a Japanese organization called Kuentai discovered the remains of Manassas resident and WW II Army PFC Richard N. Bean on the island of Saipan, where he died in 1944 defending his unit against Japanese forces. Buried in a grave with Japanese war dead, PFC Bean was positively identified by a DNA match with his nephew, Mr. Richard J. Bean of Nokesville. After 70 years, his remains will be returned to his family for burial in September in Quantico National Cemetery. Kuentai representatives are back on Saipan searching for additional remains, and Manassas resident and veteran Steven M. Botello hopes to join them to provide American presence in their effort. Steve will travel at personal expense and is seeking community support. Interested people may donate to this program, “Let’s Bring Our Boys Home,” at http://www.gofundme.com/Letsbringourboyshome. Questions may be directed to Steve at email@example.com.
FEDERAL SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS: For young men and women who aspire to commissioned military careers via a federal service academy appointment, Cong. Rob Wittman will host a “Service Academy Day With Congressman Wittman” on Sept. 20, 9-11am, on the Stafford Campus of the University of Mary Washington. Details: Ms. Karen Jeffers, Office of Cong. Rob Wittman, 540-659-2734, Karen.Jeffers@mail.house.gov. I’ll announce dates of similar events hosted by Cong. Frank Wolf and Cong. Gerry Connolly when they are announced.
PATRIOT DAY SERVICE AT CONGREGATION NER SHALOM (CNS): On Sept. 12 at 7:30pm, CNS will host a Patriot Day Shabbat Service to honor Prince William military, veteran, law enforcement, fire & rescue, EMS, Red Cross, and other first responders for their service to our community. Please join our neighbors in recognizing our area heroes who serve with honor and distinction. The location: CNS, 14010 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge. More info: Ms. Kay Shain, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENT AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: On Sept. 13 at 7pm and Sept. 14 at 6pm, a Nashville bluegrass duo, Dailey & Vincent, will perform at our very own Hylton Center while taping a PBS “Live From the Hylton” video. This will bring national attention to our community and will include music and a huge patriotic finale in honor of military members, veterans, and families. It will include the combined talents of the Manassas Chorale, GMU Singers, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. Special ticket prices for active military and veterans are $10 and include their families. More info: http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/542. See you there for this uniquely American musical event!
2015 FUTURE DELEGATE PROGRAM (FDP): During the 2015 legislative session this January and February, we will host our third annual “51st House District Future Delegate Program” at the Virginia State Capitol. Each year, we host one PWC student (grades 7-12) in Richmond for an entire day, during which they learn about the legislative process by attending committee and subcommittee meetings, press conferences, meetings with senior state officials, the daily House floor sessions, and everything else that is part of a state legislator’s day. We host three dozen students over the course of each annual session. Please think about a young person who has a heart for public service, and we’ll soon announce a meeting in October to explain the program, answer questions, and hand out applications. I want your young person to answer the call to public service.
NEW LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OFFICE STAFFERS: Two new people have joined our Prince William district office staff to help serve you better. Ms. Kristina Schnack Kotlus is our Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator and can be reached at Kristinalsk@yahoo.com. Mr. Joshua M. Paschal is our summer intern and can be reached at email@example.com.
WE’RE HERE 24/7:
- Del. Rich Anderson: DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov
- Legislative Aide Ryan Galloway: RGalloway@house.virginia.gov
- Our office: 571-264-9983
- My home: 703-730-1380
Thanks for the privilege of serving you and your family at home and in Richmond!
RICHARD L. ANDERSON
Delegate, 51st House District
Virginia General Assembly
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