Removing Virginia’s Barriers to Ridesharing
07/06/2014 | News |
You can do a lot from your cellphone these days — but if you’re in Virginia, don’t bother trying to schedule your ride home with one. While ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are shaking up transportation options in other states, they’ve been put up on blocks in the commonwealth owing to outdated laws that stifle innovation and discourage competition.
Last month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles served Uber and Lyft with cease-and-desist...Continued »
McAuliffe Brings Washington-Style Unilateral Executive Action to Virginia
06/20/2014 | News |
Outrageous. There’s no other word for Governor McAuliffe’s press conference today, in which he announced his intention to govern independently of the General Assembly, in contravention of the fundamental principle of the separation of power.
The Governor is free to negotiate with the General Assembly, to disagree with the General Assembly, even to lambaste the General Assembly. What he is not free to do is ignore the General Assembly. Under our constitution,...Continued »
How the Unions Strike Gold on the Silver Line
04/18/2014 | News |
Last week, the contractor for the first phase of the Silver Line Metro extension certified that Phase One was complete. The Silver Line will eventually take riders deep into Loudoun County, beyond Washington Dulles International Airport.
What is painfully apparent to those who live in Northern Virginia, but may be missed by those in the rest of the commonwealth, is that the project is already seven months behind schedule despite the fact that this is the second...Continued »
Session Wrap-Up: Ethics and Mental Health Reform
03/11/2014 | News |
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned, there’s time to reflect on what the legislature did and didn’t accomplish this past session. Last week, I reviewed some of my own legislation, and in a future email, I’ll spend some time on the issue that is forcing us into special session—Medicaid Expansion—and offer my thoughts on meaningful reforms we can and should undertake to expand access to care in Virginia without signing on to the expansion of Obamacare here...Continued »
03/07/2014 | News |
Tomorrow, the General Assembly will adjourn—and, thanks to Obamacare, it will adjourn without adopting a budget.
More on that in a few days. For now, I want to tell you about some important legislation I was able to get through this year on issues like human trafficking, synthetic drugs, and property rights. All of these measures passed with broad bipartisan support.
The narcotics landscape has changed drastically in recent years with the rise...Continued »
Budget Cheat Sheet
02/16/2014 | News |
Earlier today, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee met to adopt the preliminary budgets of the respective chambers, setting out their plans for the expenditure of nearly $100 billion over the next two years. There are many votes and negotiations to follow, and the final budget may look decidedly different from either of these two documents on a number of key points, but the money committees' actions today lay out a road map for the...Continued »
Democrats Back Job-killing Wage Policy
02/11/2014 | News |
What a difference one vote makes.
A new Lieutenant Governor—that’s all that was needed for Democrats to reorganize the Senate, and now they’re taking full advantage. The changes are striking, and to see that, you need look no farther than the committee vote on legislation raising the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, $2 above the federal minimum wage.
The vote in the Commerce & Labor Committee yesterday was 10-6. The AFL-CIO, SEUI, the United Food and Commercial...Continued »
Medicaid (Obamacare) Expansion by Another Name
02/07/2014 | News |
Medicaid expansion is back, only now it goes by another name. With entrenched positions established on Medicaid expansion, some legislators are floating an alternative plan involving premium assistance run through the new federally-facilitated exchange, a plan termed “Marketplace Virginia.” It would probably help to unpack a bit.
Typically, states manage Medicaid coverage directly, but there is another option, called “premium assistance,” in which Medicaid funds...Continued »