Archive for January, 2012
RICHMOND, VA – This morning the House Republican Caucus held their weekly Policy Work Group press conference, this week discussing various government reform proposals the Caucus has introduced this session. Following the press conference, the Policy Work Group issued the following statement:
“As Vice-Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform, I have worked with Governor McDonnell and the House Republican Caucus over the last few years developing and implementing common-sense reforms to improve Virginia’s government. Increasing efficiency, eliminating waste and developing innovative solutions are critical to the ongoing improvement of our government,” said Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).
RICHMOND, VA – The House Republican Caucus Policy Work Group will hold its weekly media availability on Monday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the House Briefing Room. Speaker William J. Howell and members of the House Republican Majority Caucus will address various government reform proposals followed by a question and answer session.
All members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend. More >
RICHMOND, VA – The House Republican Caucus was joined by Bill Thomas, Associate Vice President of Hampton University, for their weekly Policy Work Group press conference, this week discussing various K-12 initiatives the Caucus has introduced this session. Following the press conference, the Policy Work Group issued the following statement:
“Last year our Caucus worked with Governor McDonnell investing in the future of Virginia’s higher education system. Through structural improvements and targeted investments, we laid the groundwork to ensure Virginia’s public colleges and universities remain among the most competitive in the nation,” said Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights). “This year, we will continue our efforts to improve Virginia’s education system, with particular emphasis paid to our public K-12 institutions. Improving access, increasing accountability and encouraging innovative alternatives are key to improving our public schools,” he continued.
RICHMOND, VA – The House Republican Caucus Policy Work Group will hold its second weekly media availability on Monday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the House Briefing Room. Bill Thomas, Associate Vice President of Hampton University, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox and members of the House Republican Majority Caucus will address various K-12 initiatives followed by a question and answer session.
All members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.
House Republican Caucus Articulates their Vision for Jobs and Economic Development During the 2012 Session
RICHMOND, VA – This morning the House Republican Caucus held their first weekly Policy Work Group press conference, highlighting various job creation and economic development initiatives. Following the press conference, the Policy Work Group issued the following statement:
“We were excited to host our first weekly Policy Work Group press conference this morning,” said Delegate Chris Peace (R-Hanover) who will host the weekly event. “Each week we have an opportunity to articulate the Republican vision for job creation, government reform, public education and other issues – to show Virginians that we have affordable, thoughtful, common-sense solutions to the issues that affect every citizen in the Commonwealth,” he continued.
The press conference featured various proposals from members of the House Republican Caucus, with this week’s focus on jobs and economic development.
“Again this year, we’ll be working hand-in-hand with Governor McDonnell to create good paying jobs and to promote investment in Virginia’s business community,” said House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford). “The keys to successful economic development are access to capital, innovation in growth sectors and fostering an environment conducive to business. We will continue to pursue these objectives.”
“As we continue to recover from the economic recession, we need to help add fuel to the business community,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-Scott), patron of House Bill 714, which extends the acceleration of the Major Business Facility Jobs Tax Credit. “Helping the job creators in Virginia secure the capital investments they need in order to create jobs, is a critical piece of the puzzle. Paving the way for some of Virginia’s largest job creators is an important step,” he commented.
Republicans plan to expand Virginia’s role as a national high-tech leader. House Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) is carrying legislation to incentivize research and development in the Commonwealth. “House Bill 1102 will promote research and development activity here in Virginia, while promoting renewable energy. Exploring energy alternatives while creating jobs is a win-win, and I look forward to working closely with Governor McDonnell on this innovative legislation,” said Miller.
Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) discussed two bills she introduced this session. House Bill 1013 extends the current capital gains tax exemption for start ups. Comstock said, “This will continue to allow our job creators to expand investment in science and technology by exempting investment in business start ups from capital gains taxes. Virginia investors will be encouraged to support our entrepreneurs and create more good paying high tech jobs.”
Comstock is also carrying House Bill 33, a bill that encourages competitive bidding on transportation and infrastructure projects and will stretch our tax dollars and guarantee that free enterprise and full and open competition will determine how public construction contracts are awarded. “Some have attempted to mandate union project labor agreements on projects. It has been estimated such union mandates would raise costs by 10 to 20 percent or more with the most egregious example being Boston’s ‘Big Dig’ debacle. This bill simply ensures neutrality and provides that the 96 percent of the Virginia private construction workforce who choose not to join a labor union have a fair opportunity to compete for projects funded with our tax dollars,” said Comstock.
The House Republican Caucus Policy Work Group will hold a press conference each Monday at 11:00 am.
RICHMOND, VA – The House Republican Caucus will be holding weekly media availabilities to highlight various legislative initiatives. Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell will be joined at a Capitol Square press conference by members of the House Republican Majority Caucus Monday, January 16 at 11:00 AM to announce their job creation agenda for the Commonwealth. The event will take place in the West Reading Room in the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond (please note the change in location).
All members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.
WHAT: Speaker Howell and members of the House Republican Majority Caucus will hold their first weekly press conference. Featured this week, the House Republican job creation agenda.
WHO: Various members of the House Republican Caucus, including:
William J. Howell (R-Stafford)
Speaker, Virginia House of Delegates
Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah)
House Deputy Majority Leader
Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover)
Member, House Appropriations Committee
WHEN: January 16, 2012
WHERE: Patrick Henry Building - West Reading Room (please note the change in location)
NOTE: For local media unable to join us, a conference call has been set-up for your convenience.
Dial In Number: (308) 344.6400
Access Code: 931488#