Articles by: Dick Saslaw

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

September 1, 2016 8:26 AM0 comments

On August 26, the Governor addressed the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly. Most of you are aware the Virginia economy remains in a sluggish cycle, very much modeling the nation. Last February we adopted a balanced, two-year budget anticipating excess revenues from FY 2016 that would be rolled […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

August 3, 2016 7:25 PM0 comments

Summer is well on its way and Labor Day is just a little more than a month away. The public school year will begin on September 6. Our colleges and universities begin their academic year even earlier To prepare for the opening of school Virginia will host a sales tax […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

July 6, 2016 8:31 PM0 comments

The beginning of July is an important time for our nation and the Commonwealth. This week we celebrated the 4th of July – the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring the 13 colonies no longer part of Britain’s empire. There have been […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

June 1, 2016 7:08 PM0 comments

Last month I spent some time in this column discussing K-12 education and new pathways to college and careers for our Commonwealth’s high school students. This month we turn our focus to higher education. There are many challenges across the higher education landscape, but three stand out as having adverse […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

May 5, 2016 3:07 PM0 comments

We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in Virginia. I join the Governor and Secretary Anne Holton in applauding those dedicated to Virginia’s children and molding them into their best. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, your patience and your perseverance. The adopted biennial budget is a step in the […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

April 6, 2016 5:28 PM0 comments

We are now looking at the 2016 session of the General Assembly through the rear view mirror. In a couple of weeks we will go back to the state house for the Reconvene Session, also known as the Veto Session. I’ve been an elected official for a number of years, […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

March 3, 2016 7:53 AM0 comments

We are moving toward adjournment in a rapid stride to the finish. March 12 is the scheduled close of the 2016 General Assembly. Many bills are waiting to be voted on, and the debates continue in committee and on the floor. Reconciling the amendments to the budget bill are the […]

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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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