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Sen. Mark Obenshain's Weekly Update - February 5

Thu, 2010-02-04 19:00 -- tjcosgrove

A Winter Blast from the
Senate of Virginia

As a blanket of snow falls on the Commonwealth, I hope this email finds you warm, dry, and settling in for the weekend. The General Assembly did not convene today due to inclement weather across the Commonwealth, so I get to be snowed in with my family and neighbors in Harrisonburg for the weekend. Indeed, maybe I will still be snowed in and will be able to watch the Super Bowl at home in the Valley this year!

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Sen. Robert Hurt's Richmond Report

Mon, 2010-02-01 19:00 -- tjcosgrove

We have now concluded the second full week of the Virginia General Assembly here in Richmond.  During this week the legislation that has been approved by the individual Senate committees has begun to make it to the Senate floor - which is where legislation is ultimately approved or defeated by the full Senate.  There have been only a handful of controversial bills; however, there have been an increasing number of floor speeches concerning the bleak budget outlook and the best way for Virginia to navigate through these dire economic straits.  The week was also punctuated by Governor McDonnel

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Sen. Frank Ruff's Legislative Update

Sun, 2010-01-31 19:00 -- tjcosgrove

As the 2009 session began the news media reported that Chesterfield County Schools would have to layoff about 500 employees if the state didn’t give them more money.  Similar news stories were reported from school districts throughout Virginia.  Then the Federal Stimulus package was reported and school systems across the state dropped their plans to cut their budgets.

Regrettably, employees in the private sector were not so lucky. Factories cut shifts, stores cut employees, businesses closed; thousands of private and small business employees were left jobless.

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