Articles by: Dick Saslaw

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

November 1, 2018 11:00 AM0 comments

I am at a loss for words trying to address the crisis this nation is facing. Bombs being sent to elected officials, including former presidents, people being gunned down in their sacred place of worship… enough! Let this country come together in peace. Stop the now daily experience of violence […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

October 3, 2018 8:07 PM0 comments

In an attempt to keep you informed about matters affecting our Commonwealth, I intended to use this space exclusively to let you know what we are doing in higher education. I will get to that shortly. However, I believe the confirmation process from across the Potomac is worth noting as […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

September 5, 2018 6:39 PM0 comments

The academic year has begun for the 1.2 million public school students across the Commonwealth. As many of you know, classes resumed in our region before Labor Day. By now, many school districts have adopted a calendar that starts before the holiday. As a reminder, state law remains the same […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

August 2, 2018 12:46 PM0 comments

Summer is in full swing and unfortunately rain, storms, flooding, and hazardous road conditions have plagued the region. We even saw evidence of a tornado touch down on July 24 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I am thankful that we are still a month away from […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

July 5, 2018 9:10 AM0 comments

July 1 marked the start of Virginia’s fiscal year and the date that non-emergency legislation became law. This week is also the commemoration of the founding of our Nation. The Fourth of July is a day of celebration marked by parades, festivities, and fireworks. We celebrate the freedoms and the […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

June 6, 2018 7:09 PM0 comments

On May 30, the General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget bill that included Medicaid expansion for hundreds of thousands of Virginians in need of access to healthcare. This was a long-overdue legislative action, and helps lift the burden from those who often have to decide between managing a chronic illness […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

May 3, 2018 9:30 AM0 comments

The most essential responsibility entrusted to state legislators is to be good stewards of public funds. State funds to operate government come from the citizens and should be prudently spent on infrastructure and other core services that enhance our quality of life. This past March, the General Assembly dropped the […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

April 5, 2018 9:14 AM0 comments

Since adjourning, my colleagues have used this column space to highlight some of the work of the General Assembly. I want to talk about the missed opportunity of not having a budget. The regular session adjourned with the two Republican-led chambers (both the House and Senate) at an impasse over […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 28, 2018 7:04 PM0 comments

We are in the final stretch of the 2018 General Assembly Session. All attention has turned to Virginia’s next biennial spending plan. We have had an intense six weeks of prepping an amended budget, taking into consideration hundreds of hours of testimony to get here. The Senate Budget as presented […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 1, 2018 1:01 PM0 comments

The General Assembly is off to a fast and furious start. Governor Northam took the helm Jan. 13 and has set the stage for bipartisan efforts on behalf of Virginians. You may recall last November there was a Democratic wave that swept all three statewide offices and netted Democrats 15 […]

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