Del. Rich Anderson and Legislative Aide Ryan Galloway
Dear Prince William friends, families, and neighbors,
As promised in the update I sent you Thursday morning about a two-day special legislative session, here’s a summary of what happened.
BUDGET: Because tax revenues over the next two years will be $2.4B less than what was originally expected, we worked with the Executive Branch and passed, almost unanimously, a revised state budget that balances the books (try that, Federal Government). We fixed a shortfall in the two-year, $96B budget by trimming 4% from state agencies and 3.3% from higher education (without raising tuition and fees). Funding for K-12 public schools was not cut. Under state law, we tapped the state Rainy Day Fund to avoid further cuts. This bipartisan effort within the General Assembly and with the Executive Branch illustrates how the Washington Way is not the Virginia Way.
MEDICAID: As promised, the Speaker permitted Medicaid legislation to come to the Floor for debate. As predicted, we reached no decisions because work is still underway on Medicaid reform, which I prefer to expansion of a program that consumes 22% of our budget and grows at 8% per year. With last week’s announcement that 250,000 more Virginians will have their health insurance cancelled over the Christmas holidays, hundreds of families in Prince William County have asked me to support initiatives to fix Medicaid, improve access to health care, and make the health safety net stronger. More later because the conversation continues.
JUDGES: We approved 40 new judges for the Virginia court system, including two in Prince William County. Wallace S. Covington III, currently the Brentsville District Supervisor, will serve as a General District Court judge, and H. Jan Roltsch-Anoll will serve as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge. Both appointments are effective on December 1.
In other business, we recognized Virginia’s “Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve” (ESGR) organization that makes it possible for uniformed members of National Guard and Reserve organizations to serve our nation. Click here to see my statement on the House floor.
CONNECT WITH US:
- 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
- http://tinyurl.com/qgepf7b (Our Capitol Office Webpage)
- www.RichAnderson.com (Our District Office Webpage)
Thank you for being our neighbor and letting us serve you at home and in Richmond!
RICHARD L. ANDERSON
Delegate, 51st House District
Virginia General Assembly