Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

WEEK OF JANUARY 11, 2019

Governor Northam Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address, Reflecting on His First Year in Office and Outlining His Plans to Keep Virginia Moving Forward

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  • Read Governor Northam’s State of the Commonwealth address
  • See the highlights of Governor Northam’s first year in office
  • “With unemployment at the lowest levels in decades, a growing economy, expanding access to health coverage to 400,000 working Virginians, and investing record amounts in public schools and environmental protection, we can say with certainty that the State of our beloved Commonwealth is as strong as ever,” said Governor Northam. “I believe Virginians select their leaders for one reason: to make this Commonwealth work better for them and their families, no matter who they are or where they live.”

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Governor Northam and Legislators Announce Bipartisan Proposal for Dedicated Funding to Improve Interstate 81

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Interstate 81 is the economic engine of western Virginia, and it’s time we take decisive action to enhance the safety and improve the reliability of this key corridor,” said Governor Northam. “I am committed to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to establish a dedicated funding source that will support the critical improvements that Interstate 81 needs to move goods and people around the Commonwealth.”

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Governor Northam Announces Microsoft Corporation’s Sixth Expansion in Mecklenburg County, Creating Over 100 New Jobs

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “When Microsoft established its new enterprise data center in 2010, it represented the largest economic investment in southern Virginia history, and we have been thrilled to see the company continue expanding in the Commonwealth ever since,” said Governor Northam. “Microsoft’s sustained investment in Virginia has created hundreds of new jobs for our citizens and advanced our position as a leader in information technology.”

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Governor Northam Announces Legislative Package to Protect Voting Rights and Reform Campaign Finance Laws—Proposals Include No-Excuse Absentee Voting, Repeal of Photo ID Requirement, and Limits for Large Campaign Contributions

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Participation makes our democracy strong—we should encourage every eligible voter to exercise this fundamental right, rather than creating unnecessary barriers that make getting to the ballot box difficult,” said Governor Northam. “I am also hopeful we will be successful working together this session to increase the transparency of our elections for Virginians by imposing reasonable limitations on campaign contributions.”

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Governor Northam Announces Redesign and Expansion of Office of Constituent Services and Community Engagement

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “One of the core duties of state government is to be responsive to constituents, and my office is dedicated to delivering world-class service to the citizens of Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “In making these changes, we are working proactively to engage with all Virginians to address their needs and hear their ideas so we can keep our Commonwealth moving forward.”

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