May 25, 2018
The House of Delegates planned to go down to Richmond on Wednesday to vote on a final budget. Unfortunately, despite sending a budget over to the Virginia Senate over five weeks ago, they have failed to adopt a budget in which we could work on. We will remain without a budget for at least another week. The House is scheduled to return to Richmond on the 30th to vote on the Senate's proposal. I will keep you updated through this newsletter on what develops.
What's Going On With The Budget?:
Currently, the budget is being held up by Senate Republican leadership, not allowing it to go to the Senate floor or the vote.
Here's what's you should know:
- The House of Delegates passed and proposed our original budget in February, which included investments in K-12 education, salary increases for our teachers and state employees, and expanded Medicaid which would provide over 300,000 Virginians with access to health care. This bipartisan budget was negotiated by both Democrats and Republicans had the support of 98 of the 100 House Delegates.
- Currently, the budget is being held up by members of Senate leadership, not allowing it to go to the Senate floor for a vote.
- Two Republican Senators, Emmett Hanger of Augusta and Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach, have stated that they would support Medicaid Expansion, but are reportedly receiving pushback from the Republican Caucus.
Under expansion, the federal government picks up more than 90 cents of every dollar that is spent on the served population and replaces money for indigent care and mental health care services that Virginia has been supporting with state funds. This gives us much greater flexibility in how we use state dollars to assist our citizens.
I will continue to be an advocate for you and the hundreds of thousands of Virginians who do not have access to affordable health care by continuing my support for Medicaid Expansion. And I will fight to secure a balanced state budget as soon as possible, so our localities and state agencies can properly form their annual budgets and adjust their services accordingly.
June Office Hours:
Please join me on June 2nd at the Chantilly Regional Library from 11 AM - 1 PM for my monthly office hours. I would love to talk to you about any issues you may be facing in the 67th House District or concerns you may have about the Commonwealth. To be sure that I can meet with everyone, please be sure to sign-up for a time slot at https://signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45adad29aafd0-delegate4 . If you are unable to attend or have other questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me at DelkDelaney@house.virginia.gov or at 703-996-9415.
See you on June 2nd!
Update on Forest Glen Apartment Fire:
Earlier this month the Forest Glen Apartments, a well known senior living facility in our area, caught fire. Hundreds of families were displaced and the majority of the complex was deemed inhabitable. The Fairfax County Fire Department worked swiftly to ensure that all residents were safely removed and provided with proper care and the Fairfax County Emergency Management team worked to ensure that residents were provided with food, water, temporary living arrangements, medications and needed documents. Though these families are now safe, they are still healing and finding a way to replace their personal items.
If you would like to help these displaced families, please consider making monetary donations, or by offering solutions for long-term affordable housing. While gift cards continue to be a great resource, cash will work best for addressing housing needs, including application costs, deposits, rent, etc. Please consider designating a cash donation to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, the lead organization working directly with the county and the affected residents, for this immediate need. You can mail or drop off donations to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), 4511 Daly Drive, Suite J, Chantilly, Va. WFCM can receive donations in person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. WFCM is also accepting online cash donations at wfcmva.org (click the donate button). For additional information, call 703-988-9656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long-term affordable housing options for those displaced by the fire, particularly for the older adult residents, is a primary focus right now. They are looking for affordable dwellings in which tax credits are applicable and are accessibility (ADA). For offers or information on housing criteria, contact Elisa Johnson with the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-279-7302, TTY 711.
Finally, if you are interested in volunteering or assisting these residents, please contact Volunteer Fairfax at (703) 246-3460.
Memorial Day Weekend:
As you begin your Memorial Day weekend, I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable time together. I hope we can all find some moments to reflect on the sacrifices made by the service men and women who lost their lives in service to our country, and to honor them and their families.
VDOT's 2018 Paving Schedule:
The Virginia Department of Transportation has released their 2018 paving schedule. Click here to see if streets near you will be repaved this summer/fall.
I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Study Public Information Meeting- June 1st:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a Public Information Meeting for the public to learn about the environmental study of a plan to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and the Maryland line.
Virginia's I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension study also referred to as 495 NEXT, will be developed as an independent, stand-alone project that will be closely coordinated and compatible with plans for the I-495 Capital Beltway in Maryland.
Monday, June 11, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Cooper Middle School Cafeteria (977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101)
529 Day is Next Week, May 29th:
May 29 is 529 College Savings Day. Virginia529 can help you or a loved one achieve your higher education goals and avoid student loan debt by saving in advance. Visit Virginia529.com/529-day to learn more.
Virginia’s Adopt-a-Highway program is celebrating 30 Years in 2018! A partnership established between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Keep Virginia Beautiful, encourages new participants to join the thousands of groups that have helped keep Virginia’s roadways litter-free since it was first established in 1988. The Adopt-a-Highway program provides a FREE opportunity for businesses, civic groups and even families to clean up litter and be recognized for their efforts with a sign featuring their name after two pickups have been documented. An increase in miles covered with regular litter cleanups will result in overall savings for the Commonwealth and provide a cleaner, greener environment for us all to enjoy. For more information, please email email@example.com or visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-default.asp.