We are now just one week away from the scheduled end of session. This week has been quite productive, as we are finishing our committee work. In the next week, we will be reviewing amendments from the Senate and continue working on the budget. As we enter the final week and wind down our General Assembly session, I want to update you on a few important items from the past week.
Our House budget is strong, conservative, and structurally balanced. We have continued to prioritize investments in the core functions of government, while protecting your hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Further, I am proud to report that our House budget was passed with wide bipartisan support. The Senate has also passed their version of the two-year budget.
This is the point when we begin the budget conference process to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budgets. I am honored that the Speaker has appointed me as a conferee once again. I will join House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Delegate John O’Bannon (R-Henrico), and Delegate Luke Torian (D-Prince William) in conference.
After our appointments, House conferees met with our counterparts in the Senate to discuss the final budget proposal. We, in the House, remain committed to ensuring the final budget does not contain any tax or fee increases, reduces the amount of bond borrowing, and increases the Commonwealth’s “rainy day fund.” I am confident we will pass a budget on time, allowing the General Assembly to adjourn on schedule.
Lastly, I wanted to inform you that my House Bill 831 passed the Senate this week and will be making its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This legislation will help incorporate critical skills like computational thinking and computer coding into the existing SOL curriculum. This is an important step forward in addressing the needs of our rapidly changing economy and will help prepare our students to succeed in the high tech marketplace. House Bill 831 will be incorporated into existing curriculum without replacing or eliminating current requirements like foreign languages.
As always, please keep in touch with me and my office. The feedback you provide is greatly valued, as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 804-698-1032. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TagGreason) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/TagGreason) pages.
It is an honor to serve as your representative.
Delegate, 32nd District