Articles by: Dick Saslaw

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 4, 2016 9:27 AM0 comments

The Budget Look for the budget to dominate the debate for the duration of the session. In December, Governor McAuliffe presented his biennial budget of $106 billion over two fiscal years to the General Assembly. The legislature has now submitted budget amendments exceeding $2.3 billion related to the general fund. […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

January 6, 2016 5:38 PM0 comments

On January 13, the General Assembly will convene. Front and center will be the work of putting together the biennial budget. Governor McAuliffe has proposed a plan that is fiscally responsible and lays the foundation for a new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership noted that “Virginia […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

December 2, 2015 9:27 PM0 comments

It’s official, the holiday season is upon us and the countdown to the General Assembly has begun. Recently, I spent the day with newly elected senators who will be sworn in come January. Eight very bright, eager and most likely exhausted men and women will take their seat in the […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

November 4, 2015 9:23 PM0 comments

I want to open this column by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to represent you in Richmond again. We had a lot at stake in this year’s elections, and Northern Virginia proved to the rest of the Commonwealth that we want to keep moving Virginia forward. The campaign […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

September 30, 2015 6:03 PM1 comment

Funding for Public Education An issue that constantly plagues our Commonwealth is funding for public education. Last month the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission released a report showing that Virginia’s schools have fewer resources and higher needs than at any other time in recent history. Our classrooms are larger, […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

September 2, 2015 7:35 PM0 comments

Recap of Richmond Special Session This past month, as many of you are aware, there was a special session of the General Assembly. Regrettably, these meetings proved to be a waste of time and taxpayer money. We showed up on Monday and it was obvious that the Republicans were unprepared […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

August 5, 2015 6:59 PM0 comments

Sales Tax Holiday This year, I sponsored legislation that became law to combine the existing sales tax holidays (SB 1319) to make it easier for Virginia families. The sales tax holiday will run from August 7 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. During the […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

July 1, 2015 7:17 PM0 comments

Gun Safety Enough is enough! Once again, the United States was forced to bear witness to another massacre. This time, it happened in a house of worship, traditionally known as a sanctuary for those seeking protection. These mass shootings have become an all-too-common occurrence. The bloodshed of innocent people needs […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

June 3, 2015 5:39 PM0 comments

The month of June brings the beginning of summer, graduations, Father’s Day and this year The World Police and Fire Games. Fairfax County is host to these international competitors who will visit our region at the end of the month. You can participate as an observer or consider volunteering. For […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

May 6, 2015 7:03 PM1 comment

A few weeks ago, the General Assembly wrapped up the two-day reconvene session to take action on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes. I am happy to report that all of Governor McAuliffe’s 17 vetoes were sustained and the Legislature was able to find common ground on many other issues—ultimately passing […]

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