Greetings from Richmond!
February 15th 2019
Heading into our last week of Session, I want to take a moment to discuss the tax conformity bills that passed through the General Assembly earlier this week.
On Monday the House and the Senate passed their respective conformity bills, allowing tax filings to move forward in Virginia. These bills provide targeted tax relief to middle and low income Virginians, raising the standard deduction by 50% to $4,500 for individuals. I feel that this is an equitable solution. Nearly half of the overall benefits will go to those making $50,000 or less, and most individual tax payers will receive refund checks of $110 this fall. It may have been a long road to get here, but the outcome agreed upon will benefit all citizens of the Commonwealth.
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
I was honored to join my colleagues and citizens from across the Commonwealth as they stood in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. One more state is needed to reach the golden number of 38 and FINALLY ratify the ERA -- it is time!
February 14th is a very big deal here in the General Assembly. The halls are filled with hearts and streamers, and gifts are given to all of the Administrative Assistants. Happy Valentine's Day from my family to yours!
With my colleagues on the floor of the House of Delegates on Friday morning. From left to right: Del. Reid, Del. Murphy, Del. Delaney & Del. Bell, otherwise know as the Democratic Delegation from Loudoun!