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Ramadan helped secure $6 million for school security

posted September 26th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Delegate David Ramadan
Telephone: 703 348 7015
E-Mail: info@davidramadan.com

Security Funds Distribute Money To 87th District Schools

Ramadan helped secure $6 million for school security

Dulles, VA | September 26th, 2014 – Delegates David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) was the chief co-sponsor during the 2013 General Assembly Legislative Session of the School Security Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Local School Safety Fund (HB2343). These funds allocate $6 million per year for schools across Virginia to upgrade their security with hallway cameras, buzz-in systems, automatic locks on classroom doors, and more.

Governor McAuliffe announced the distribution of the $6 million from the funds on Thursday, and that Loudoun County Schools will receive $33,989, and Prince William County Schools will be receiving $24,057. Some of that money will go directly to schools right here in the 87th District.

“It is important that we continue to ensure a safe learning environment for children in our schools,” said Delegate Ramadan on Friday morning. “I was proud to work on HB2343 which created these funds. This will allow our schools to get the protective equipment they need.”

The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gave priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, and schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit.

For more information on HB2343, visit: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+mbr+HB2343

Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves as an Alt. Commissioner on the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission. To learn more visit www.DavidRamadan.com

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Virginia Business Development Caucus Holds Northern Virginia Townhall

posted September 24th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Delegate David Ramadan
Telephone: 703 348 7015
E-Mail: info@davidramadan.com

Virginia Business Development Caucus Holds Northern Virginia Townhall

Business owners from five counties gather to discuss business legislation

 Dulles, VA | September 24th2014 – Delegates David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun), Chris Head (R-Botetourt), Michael Webert (R-Fauquier), Jim Lemunyon (R-Fairfax), Mark Keam (D-Fairfax) and former delegate Mike Watson of Williamsburg were all present to listen to more than 50 business owners and Chamber of Commerce representatives gathered in Chantilly on Tuesday, September 23rd . Issues discussed included tax cuts, workman’s comp, state regulations, and other matters that impact businesses small and large across the state.

“It was a great turnout. This was our 15th BDC meeting since the creation of the caucus,” said Delegate Ramadan. “Every time we hold one of these, some of the same issues come up like the BPOL tax, as well as new issues that we had not yet considered. I look forward to continuing the great work of the BDC in helping to keep Virginia one of the most business-friendly states in the nation.”

The Business Development Caucus was founded by business owners who serve in the General Assembly. It’s mission is to introduce and shepherd legislation that promotes entrepreneurship and job growth in the Commonwealth and to monitor and oppose legislation that is contrary to the goals of the caucus. Membership is open to members of the Virginia General Assembly who are or have been business owners, entrepreneurs or employers who regularly make a payroll, and those who wish to promote the business owner as the key player in economic recovery and long term economic viability. With the information gathered from these meetings with business owners, 29 pieces of legislation have been introduced by members of the caucus to address business issues – 14 of which have now been signed into law.

For more information on the Virginia Business Development Caucus, visit http://www.bdcva.org/.

Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves as an Alt. Commissioner on the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission. To learn more visit www.DavidRamadan.com

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Attention Business Owners & Company Representatives

posted September 18th, 2014

The VA General Assembly’s Business Development Caucus

Invites you to a regional business town hall for the purpose of identifying pro-business legislation to be introduced in the 2015 session of the General Assembly.

The bi-partisan Business Development Caucus was founded in 2012 by business owner/legislators seeking to improve the business climate in Virginia. Membership includes legislators from both chambers and political parties. Its mission is to identify and draft legislation aimed at promoting growth and success among Virginia businesses, large and small.

Conference participants will include BDC member legislators from across the Commonwealth, representatives of the VA Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), regional Chambers and businesses.

 

When:   Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
Where:   Premium Distributors
15001 Northridge Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
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Virginians likely to pay more at the pump come January

posted September 16th, 2014

Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 by Trevor Baratko

Gas prices in Virginia will rise come January — possibly as much as six cents per gallon — unless Congress approves the “Marketplace Fairness Act” internet sales tax bill that’s been sitting in a House committee for months.

The looming gas tax hike stems from the state’s historic 2013 transportation funding bill signed into law by former Gov. Bob McDonnell. A relatively small portion of the transportation revenues from that law — the whole package was estimated to bring in nearly $1 billion per year for transportation — relied on Congress passing “Marketplace Fairness.”

If the internet tax legislation isn’t approved by January 2015, state lawmakers put in place a trigger that will raise the new wholesale gas tax rate from 3.5 percent to 5.1 percent to help offset revenues not collected through internet sales tax.

With the current Congress’s “do-nothing” reputation, local delegates aren’t optimistic the spike at the pump will be avoided.

Virginia Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) opposed the 2013 transportation bill. Last week he told the Times-Mirror the gas price increase was just one of his many concerns, saying he and many his many of his colleague knew it was a very real possibility. …

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