Leading Virginia Forward - Six Months in Review

WEEK OF JULY 13, 2018

‘The Virginia Way’—Historic Bipartisan Budget Agreement Expands Medicaid, Invests in Core Priorities

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of budget signing and Medicaid expansion announcement
  • “As a doctor and a public servant, I believe making sure all Virginians have the access to the care they need to be healthy and productive is both a moral and economic imperative. This budget will empower nearly 400,000 Virginians with access to health insurance by expanding Medicaid, without crowding out other general fund spending priorities,” said Governor Northam. “We showed Virginians and the world that chaos and partisan warfare may dominate Washington, but here in Richmond we still work together to do the right thing for our people, not our political party. We can get a lot done if we continue to work together in good faith, with our goal always being to do what’s best for Virginia. We still have important work left to do and I look forward to more big accomplishments that will improve the lives of all Virginians.”

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Bipartisan Compromise Raises Felony Larceny Threshold for the First Time Since 1980

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of felony larceny threshold announcement
  • “This compromise is a key breakthrough for commonsense criminal justice reform,” said Governor Northam. “Raising the felony larceny threshold will maintain Virginia’s tough position on criminal theft, while modernizing our law so that one mistake does not define a person’s entire life. I want to thank members of my team and leaders on both sides for proving yet again that Virginia is a place where we come together to get things done.”

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First Lady Pamela Northam Leads Early Childhood Education Initiative, Champions Innovative Learning Programs Across Virginia

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of early childhood education announcement
  • “We believe that all children should have access to opportunities regardless of the circumstances into which they are born. Early childhood education is the best investment we can make in our future workforce,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “I look forward to bringing my experience as a parent, therapist, science educator, and environmentalist to continue advocating for our youngest and most vulnerable Virginians.”

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Strengthening Virginia’s Workforce—Governor Northam Expands Paid Parental Leave for State Employees, Bolsters Efforts to Promote Hiring and Regional Economic Development

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of announcement on paid parental leave and child care options for state employees
  • “Paid parental leave and quality childcare options are critical to the health and wellbeing of children and their parents,” said Governor Northam. “Through these actions we are hoping to set an example for other government and private sector employers and send a message to our fellow Virginians and people across the country about what kind of state we are working to build.”
  • Details of Build Virginia workforce development announcement
  • “To stay competitive in the 21st-century economy, we must build a highly skilled workforce with the training that employers require,” said Governor Northam. “Build Virginia will serve as an essential resource, helping to bridge these gaps so that our workers can get the skills they need to advance their careers and businesses can find employees with the right skills.”

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Landmark Funding Bill Provides Metro with First-Ever Dedicated Source of Revenue

TAKEAWAYS

  • “I signed a bill to safeguard the Washington Metro system’s future by enacting reforms and providing it with a dedicated source of revenue for the first time in its history. Metro is essential to our economic future and this bill will make it work better for all of us,” said Governor Northam. “We were leaders in Virginia to put $154 million on the table to find a dedicated source of revenue for Metro. Moving forward we’re going to make sure we don’t take any more money from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority than we have to.”

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Strong Economic Growth Drives Virginia’s Record Low Unemployment and Positive Financial Outlook

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of recent unemployment rate announcement
  • “The Commonwealth’s low unemployment rate and record labor force expansion are positive reflections of our work to build an economy that works for every Virginian, no matter who they are or where they live,” said Governor Northam. “Our adoption of a budget that invests in healthcare, education, and workforce development will buoy these efforts and further increase economic opportunities across the state.”
  • Details of revenue surplus announcement
  • “As we close the books on this fiscal year, I look forward to working across the aisle to build on our economic momentum and build a Virginia that works better for all people, no matter who they are or where they live,” said Governor Northam.

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