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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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August’s Newsletter & Community Announcements!

posted September 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Best regards from Dulles and a Happy Labor Day to all! Where did the summer go?

Well, it’s been a very busy summer for me full of activities in our District. Further, I met with many constituents and interest groups at my office in Dulles over the past few weeks and called many more to discuss issues and address requests for legislation for the 2015 General Assembly Session. Please feel free to email me with you suggestions, ideas and concerns!

Below are few updates on issues that might be of interest to you, a summary of my activities in August and few community announcements. Please read and share with your family members, neighbors and friends! …

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VDOT Traffic Alert

posted August 27th, 2014

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

VDOT has announced that the opening of the 3rd eastbound lane on Route 50 will begin overnight tonight and be fully open by Thursday morning. As the project continues, Supervisor Matt Letourneau and I will continue to work with VDOT, Shirley Contracting, and law enforcement to minimize impacts. It should be noted that the initial opening of the lanes will not bring the full benefit of the completed project, since more work will be done on traffic signals and intersections. …

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