We are rapidly approaching the conclusion of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Both the House and Senate are working diligently to hear all remaining legislation prior to February 25th. With our remaining time, I will be busy finalizing the House budget with my fellow Conferees to send to the Governor prior to our adjournment.
Some of our key priorities for the budget remain:
- Meeting our constitutional requirement to balance the budget without raising any taxes or fees on hardworking Virginians.
- Protecting critical areas, like K-12, from budget cuts and restoring funds to higher education that were cut in the Governor’s proposed budget.
- Increasing the percentage of lottery funds returned directly to local school divisions from 29% to 40%, creating a new investment of more than $200 million.
- Funding the core functions of our state government in a conservative manner that reflects our duty to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
On Thursday, I presented seven of my bills to the Senate Committee on Education & Health and was pleased to see the committee pass each and every one. These bills will now move to the full Senate floor, including my House Bill 1662. House Bill 1662 requires Virginia’s public universities to create a standard policy around acceptance of dual enrollment credits and make that policy available to the public. It is my hope that this legislation will create greater transparency for prospective college students and their families, while empowering them to execute a cost-effective higher education plan.
You can read more about this legislation here: http://loudounnow.com/2017/02/14/legislation-could-ensure-dual-enrollment-courses-pay-off/.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and input on any of my legislation or any bills that will come before the General Assembly for consideration. I can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-698-1032. You can also follow my work on Facebook, Twitter (@TagGreason), and www.taggreason.com.