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2017 Winter Update

2017 Winter Update

(This post originally appeared as an online edition of our newsletter on December 21st, 2017.)

 

Even though the partisan balance in the House of Delegates in still uncertain, the business of the Commonwealth continues.

I have been drafting and filing legislation since the election.  I will share my legislative agenda in my next newsletter.  

Remember that I can file commending resolutions up to the first day of session (January 10th); so please send me a note if you have a request for a resolution.

 

Joint Money Committees Meeting and Presentation of the Budget

On Monday I attended Governor McAuliffe's final biennial budget presentation to the Joint Committee meeting of the Senate Finance and House Finance and Appropriations Committees (the Joint Money Committees).  The Governor proposed to expand Virginia's Medicaid program on October 1st.  This would rely on federal funds under the Affordable Care Act to generate an estimated saving of $421.7 million in state funds over the 2018-2020 biennium.

The Governor’s biggest spending priorities include roughly $584 million for Virginia's current Medicaid program and $487.5 million for K-12 education.  The Commonwealth would rely on federal money from expanding Medicaid for the poor, aged and disabled and use $80 million in our Lottery revenues for education.  He also proposed a long-overdue 2% pay raise for teachers and state employees.

Governor McAuliffe's additional budget priorities:

  • Approximately $110 million to be invested in improving care provided through Virginia's mental health system and expanded treatment for substance abuse use disorders, especially opioid addiction;
  • $45 million to increase the number of Medicaid waiver slots for those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities;
  • $45.5 million to increase financial aid for students at Virginia's public colleges and universities; a $1.6 million increase for tuition assistance grants (TAG) for those enrolled in private colleges and universities;
  • $7.5 million for a new customized workforce recruitment and training program at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

In addition to this being the Governor’s final budget, it was also the final budget for the Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown.  Secretary Brown has had a critical role in Virginia’s budget process for forty-seven years (under Democratic and Republican Governors).  We will miss his wealth of experience and expertise.  I congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement.

 

Fairfax County School Board & Board of Supervisors Legislative Briefings

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced to the northern Virginia legislators that their top priority is to see that the Fairfax County Public School system is fully funded. This is a priority that I of course share and will fight for throughout the upcoming session.  Full funding was the major theme of the FCPS Legislative Briefing as well.  I expect (and hope) that we will hear this loud and strong at our annual Northern Virginia Delegation Public Hearing on January 6th at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Thank you for granting me the honor of representing you in the House of Delegates for the 2018-2019 biennium.  Corny as it sounds, I am truly humbled by the trust you have placed in me.

I wish you happy holidays shared with your families and friends.  Take a break!  I will need all your support in the New Year.

 

Upcoming Community Hours

Saturday, January 20th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson Public Library
7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Saturday, February 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson Public Library
7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

 

Thank you for your support, 

Kaye Kory

Delegate, 38th District

Flickr date taken: 
Thursday, December 21, 2017