It's that time of year, again, the days are becoming shorter, the weather is cooler and our kids are ready to get back to school. As we transition into the fall, we are seeing the impact of legislation which took effect on July 1st. I am proud to see that my bill, House Bill 1293 which penalizes employers who fail to properly classify their employees and notify the state, has been a great success thus far. When first passed, it was projected that new change would bring an extra of $1 million in revenue into the Commonwealth per year. Since implemented, it is now projected that it will generate anywhere from $1.5 to $2 million. Thanks to this legislation, the Virginia Employment Commission has identified over $60 million in losses due to misclassification and will be able to hire a third investigator to find other perpetrators who are failing to pay their employer taxes and fees to the Commonwealth.
Our victories in the last General Assembly session speak for themselves. I am happy to see that we are walking into a new fiscal year where the Commonwealth is gaining more revenue, our teachers are receiving a salary increase, and our students are better supported.
TOMORROW: Community Conversations w/ Secretary Holton:
Please join Secretary Anne Holton and me on August 18th from 10 -11:30 AM at 43633 Helmsdale Ter, Chantilly, VA 20152-1804 for a community conversation on children and education issues in the Northern Virginia area.
Secretary Holton served as Virginia's first lady during the Kaine administration and as Secretary of Education. As a dedicated public servant, Secretary Holton has fought for Virginia's children. Secretary Holton has worked diligently to fix the issues in our foster care system, advanced educational opportunities for our students, and has challenged "teaching to the test" strategies in our schools.
We welcome you to join us as we cover education and children-based issues in our region. Please bring any questions or inquiries you may have.
MONDAY: August Office Hours:
I invite you to meet with me on August 20th from 6 pm - 7:30 pm at Chantilly Regional Library for my monthly office hours. Office hours will allow constituents of the 67th District to express their concerns or comments on what's happening at the state level and within the district.
If you are having difficulties signing up or are not able to attend and still wish to share your concerns and comments, please contact my office at 703-996-9415 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
Film Screening of Iron Jawed Angels:
Join me on Women's Equality Day, August 26th, for a film screening of Iron Jawed Angels, a film which provides insight on the Women's Suffrage Movement at the Pender Professional Building (3901 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22033) from 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
Filmed in Richmond, the film follows suffragist Alice Paul (played by Hilary Swank), a key leader behind the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nearly 100 years ago on August 26, 1920.
In an effort to make sure that every child in the school district is prepared for school, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has again joined forces with Collect for Kids, a consortium of not-for-profit, for-profit, and government organizations promoting and coordinating school supply and backpack drives to benefit FCPS students. The drive will provide school supplies for the 2018-19 school year for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Roughly 55,000 FCPS students receive free and reduced-price meals and many need help acquiring school supplies and backpacks.
This year, there are two ways donors may support this effort:
• Monetary Donations: Contributions can be made online through the generous support of the Foundation for FCPS and their support of Collect for Kids effort. Donations will be used to buy school supply kits in bulk at special pricing.
• Backpack Donations: New backpacks can be brought to additional locations in August, including two FCPS administration buildings, any Apple Federal Credit Union location in Fairfax County, and to some not-for-profit partners, including Britepaths, Cornerstones, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Search under "Get Involved on the Collect for Kids" website for addresses and guidance on the types of backpacks needed.
So that students have the supplies necessary to succeed on the first day of school, the majority of the Collect for Kids activities occur between July 16 and August 17. Monetary donations are accepted year-round, and backpacks are accepted through August.
Please join Supervisor Kathy Smith and me on September 26th from 7-9 PM at the Sully Government Center (4900 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA 20151) for our joint transportation town hall. We will have representation from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), EMP (VDOT's I-66 partner), and WMATA. This event is co-sponsored by the Sully District Council. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/483379008797226/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1534519587400030.
Out in the Community:
Tour Virginia's Port in Hampton Roads Presenting a Joint Resolution to the Northern VA Aging Network
Governor Northam Speaking about Recess Bill July August Office Hours