As you probably heard, Governor Northam called the General Assembly back for a special session in response to the Virginia Beach murders. Unfortunately, I believe the Governor acted in haste and called the session before a complete investigation was done and all the facts were known. Since then, he has admitted that none of his proposals would have prevented the tragedy. The General Assembly convened on Tuesday as constitutionally required.
The General Assembly has a responsibility to enact laws in the best interest of the Commonwealth. Instead of acting rashly, we are going to take a thoughtful and deliberative approach. All legislation filed was referred to the Crime Commission for review.
The Commission will return later this year with recommendations on how to move forward. Specifically, they have been tasked with looking at all the bills that were filed, reviewing the investigations into the Virginia Beach tragedy, and reporting back with any recommendations.
I am hopeful that the bipartisan Crime Commission will do its work diligently and provide effective recommendations for the General Assembly to consider.
When the Crime Commission returns with their recommendations, we will go back to Richmond to work on real solutions to the problems of gun violence.
Virginia Named Best State for Business!
CNBC has named Virginia the top state for business for 2019! Virginia climbed back to the top of the rankings for several reasons, including: our business-friendly regulatory environment, low taxes, our highly-educated workforce, and our ongoing commitment to education.
CNBC specifically cited Republican initiatives in their report. We provided nearly $1 billion in tax relief to working families, championed legislation to cut burdensome and costly regulations by 25 percent, put the brakes on college tuition hikes for the first time in 20 years, and placed an emphasis on workforce training actually needed by businesses.
Additionally, we defeated numerous anti-business proposals from Democrats that would have set Virginia back. We blocked more than $17.9 Billion worth of anti-business/anti-jobs bills that would have killed 156,000 jobs, including an energy tax scheme that would significantly increase electricity rates and an effort to repeal our right-to-work law that protects employees from mandatory union membership.