Today is the first day of the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session. I wanted to send you a quick email about my legislative priorities for the year and how you can be involved.
This year is known as a long session, because we spend 60 days in Richmond and have to write an entirely new two-year budget.
Today Speaker Howell will lay out the House priorities for the year. We will have a broad, bold agenda that offers real solutions to the challenges Virginians face every day like traffic congestion, rising energy costs, educational opportunities and a still stagnant economy. I remain committed to helping all Virginians get ahead by:
- strengthening Virginia's economy,
- being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars,
- improving our schools so our children can succeed
- improving access to healthcare without expanding broken entitlement programs
- fighting back against federal government and Washington overreach
One of our most important priorities this year is to craft the biennial state budget. The House of Delegates consistently adopts strong, conservative budgets that invest in the core functions of government while guarding taxpayer dollars. We must continue that this year.
Tonight, the Governor delivers the annual State of the Commonwealth Address to a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly. I encourage you to watch the address on your local Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) or online.
Following the Governor's address, Senator Frank Ruff and Delegate Rob Bell will give the Republican response. I encourage you to stay tuned and listen to them explain the priorities of the Republican Majority this year.
As we move through the legislative session, I hope you will stay connected with me. I enjoy hearing my constituents as we consider legislative proposals for the year. You can always email me at DelmFariss@house.virginia.gov or call my Capitol office at (804)698-1059. Make sure you also follow me on Facebook for regular updates.