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2019 Session Update: Week 4

Secretary Valentine announces I-95 Transportation improvements

Newsletter from February 6th, 2019,

Greetings from Richmond! The fourth week of session hit the ground running after the successful passage of multiple bills last week.

  

Thank you to everyone who came out last Sunday to the Woodbridge Town Hall with Senator Scott Surovell, Delegate Luke Torian, Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, and myself. It was wonderful to hear from our constituents and give updates on how the 2019 General Assembly Session is going. I am looking forward to future town halls, such as the February 9th Town Hall at the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas, VA.  

Monday, January 28th, was a sight to be seen down here at the General Assembly with the #RedForEd march. It was wonderful to see and hear from many of our Commonwealth’s educators. I want to recognize the educators, school counselors, and other individuals who work in and around our education system from Prince William County who came down to talk to me about their support for increased teacher pay, improved counselor to student ratio, and other comments and concerns about our Commonwealths education system.

Last Tuesday was our Transportation press conference, with Secretary Valentine at the podium. We are incredibly excited to announce the I-95 south Occoquan Auxiliary Lane. The projected completion of this auxiliary lane in 2022, and the funding is available immediately.

"Families are so frustrated. I commute an hour and fifteen minutes each way, every single day to work, and this drives us nuts. We're finally getting rid of this logjam, getting the auxiliary lane, without the big contract fights that have been going on for years." – Senator Jeremy McPike

Thank you to the members of the Service Employees International Union for coming by and talking to us about important labor issues. It was great hearing from all of you and learning about the issues you care deeply about.

Thank you to the United Methodist Church constituents who came by Thursday morning. Hearing your feedback on the issues concerning the 29th District. It was wonderful discussing some of the key issues of the 2019 session; guns in places of worship, raising the minimum wage, and in-state tuition for migrant children.

Big news for SB 1173! Our bill to expand Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education has successfully passed the senate 39-0. This would make paying for college less of a burden for our veterans, and their families, who have already sacrificed with significant injuries and disabilities.

More news to come next week regarding the budget and tax conformity.