Delaney Dispatch 3/2/2018


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Dear Friend, 

With the end of the 2018 General Assembly session only 8 days away, anxiety lingers on how the Senate and the House of Delegates will reconcile their budgets. I am proud to say that I voted for House Bill 30, a biennium budget bill which expands Medicaid, strengthens our public education systems, provides our teachers and state employees with raises, and invests in our higher education institutions and students. Main differences between the two proposed budgets include the following:

Differences in Education Funding:                                                                                                                        The proposed House Budget has included $45.4 million in need-based financial aid for those pursuing higher education, while the Senate has only included $22.8 million. Additionally, the House Budget includes a $73.9 million increase in the lottery per-pupil allocation, which will bring more state-funding to our local school systems. Unfortunately, this was not mirrored in the Senate budget. 

Salary Increases:                                                                                                                                                    The proposed House budget currently includes a 2% shared salary increase for K-12 employees, a 2% salary increase for state employees and university staff, and a 2% bonus for state employees. 

Social Services:                                                                                                                                                      Both budgets have allocated more funds to the TANF program, which will provide additional grants to nonprofits and local governments. 

You can view the proposed House of Delegates biennium budget by clicking here

I hope to talk to you about this and more this Saturday at my town hall with Senator Chap Petersen from 2-4 PM at Chantilly High School. You can RSVP to the Facebook event by clicking here. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 804-698-1067. See you tomorrow!

Humbly Yours, 


See you tomorrow! Delegate Delaney and Senator Petersen's Town Hall:
Please join me and Senator Chap Petersen on March 3rd from 2-4 PM at Chantilly High School for our 2018 General Assembly Session Town Hall. 
We will discuss happenings of the 2018 General Assembly session and will talk about a variety of topics such as Medicaid expansion, transportation, and education.  You can RSVP to the Facebook event by clicking here
If you have any questions, send an email to or call 804-698-1067

2018 Governor’s Fellows Program

Governor Ralph Northam has announced the launch of the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Governor’s Fellows Program offers graduate students, rising college seniors, and graduating college seniors the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. These outstanding and highly motivated students will have the opportunity to learn directly under Cabinet secretaries in the Office of the Governor. The deadline to apply is March 18th. You can find more information here.


House Democrats Ask for Sensible Gun Reform:

Yesterday, I stood beside my democratic colleagues asking that all members of the General Assembly join together to advocate for legislation that has gained bi-partisan support. I particularly spoke to raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21. 

As a mom of young children, this issue is personal to me. Listening to the voices of our nation's children today - children who have now risen as advocates and are carrying this issue, allowing it to finally to gain traction - I realize that we need to follow their lead. We need to recognize that there are sensible and practical solutions out there that can tackle this danger, such as increasing the age to purchase assault weapons in the Commonwealth from 18 to 21.

We require a person to be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun. Yet, an individual who is seen to be “too young” to purchase a handgun can gain access to an assault weapon, like an AR-15, which can wreak mass havoc on the victims of their choosing. I am not asking to repeal anyone's second amendment right, rather I am asking that we hold weapons that can shoot dozens of rounds of ammo per minute to the same standards as weapons you can conceal.

We are not asking to place a ban on guns, nor are we asking to strike 2nd amendment rights, but we are asking our House colleagues to support legislation which has bi-partisan support, nationwide. We are asking to pass legislation that holds weapons that can shoot dozens of rounds of ammo per minute to the same standards as weapons you can conceal.

You can watch the entire press conference by clicking here


Recess Heads to Conference:

Both my recess bill, House Bill 1419, and Senator Chap Petersen's bill, Senate Bill 273 have made it out of the full House and Senate. Our bills will now go to conference early next week to find a common language which will meet the needs of the school system and our children. 

I am confident that the Senator, our conferees, and I will be able to work out the final details of our bills' language and will be able to send a bill which is effective, efficient, and fully applicable to the Governor's desk in the coming days. 




Delegate Karrie Delaney
PO BOX 231023 Centreville, VA 20120
District Phone Number: 703-996-9415
Richmond Office Phone Number: 804-698-1076