Legislative

Browsing posts in Legislative

NAM’s Timmons, Rep. Comstock Promote Tax Reform at Virginia Manufacturer

NAM’s Timmons, Rep. Comstock Promote Tax Reform At Virginia Manufacturer. In a press release, the National Association of Manufacturers (4/6) said that the NAM and Thermo Fisher Scientific “hosted Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10) for an employee town hall and business leader roundtable discussion on the historic tax reform law and its impact on Virginia’s 10th […]

Virginia International Trade Authority Press Conference

Line by line – 2-2-16 Trade Authority Press Conference HB 858 Coalition Letter

VMA Calls on General Assembly to Expedite Formation of VA International Trade Corporation

                                                                                                              […]

Ralph Northam won’t resign as Virginia governor over blackface scandal

Ralph Northam won’t resign as Virginia governor over blackface scandal The cascading blackface and sexual assault scandals roiling Virginia politics, explained WWW.VOX.COM | By Dylan Scott, Anna North, and Emily Stewart  | Updated Feb 8, 2019, 5:05pm EST The crisis in Virginia state politics hasn’t subsided, but Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam won’t be stepping down. Northam has been under pressure to resign […]

Energy Jobs Will Be Easier to Find for Virginians After Enactment of HB2008/SB1348

Energy Jobs Will Be Easier to Find for Virginians After Enactment of HB2008/SB1348 By Valerie Gotten | California Newswire RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy sector jobs will be easier to find following Governor Northam’s approval of HB2008 / SB1348 earlier this year. The legislation creates a 17th Energy Career Cluster in the […]

General Assembly scraps Del. Sam Rasoul’s legislative fix to Tinker Creek spill

General Assembly scraps Del. Sam Rasoul’s legislative fix to Tinker Creek spill RICHMOND — A bill by Del. Sam Rasoul to prevent chemical spills failed in a legislative subcommittee Wednesday. Members of a House of Delegates subcommittee declined to act on Rasoul’s legislation stemming from a chemical spill in July that killed more than 40,000 […]

Northam appoints GOP Sen. Wagner to be deputy lottery director

Northam appoints GOP Sen. Wagner to be deputy lottery director By Patrick Wilson  |  May 3, 2019  Richmond Times Dispatch Continuing a tradition of lawmakers transitioning into pension-fattening state jobs, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach — one of four Republican senators who helped Democrats pass Medicaid expansion in 2018 — as […]

NAM President & CEO Jay Timmons lnterviewed on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons participated in a live interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” issuing reaction to Tuesday night’s speech by President Trump and highlighting the NAM’s participation in Business Day in Madison as part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour.

Vassey and DuVal: International Trade is Virginia’s best economic development opportunity

Vassey DuVal OpEd

Minimum wage, sales tax, education among legislative priorities for business groups

Minimum wage, sales tax, education among legislative priorities for business groups Major business organizations in Virginia are planning to “play defense” in the 2017 General Assembly session against some legislative proposals, such as increasing the minimum wage, while also lobbying against budget cuts for programs that help their industries. At least two bills already have […]

Congress Passes Legislation to Modernize TSCA

RICHMOND, VA – On June 7, 2016 the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform the nation’s 40 year-old primary chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  This follows a 403-12 House vote to approve the bill in […]

Awaiting The Next Trade Move

Awaiting The Next Trade Move Whipsawed by conflicting signals from D.C., Virginia companies prepare for an uncertain future June 29, 2018 | Virginia Business Brett Vassey, president of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, says none of his member companies are panicked by the conflicting signals President Trump has sent as he tries to renegotiate a number […]

VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award

  VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award ~Delegate David Bulova Recognized at VA Industry Forum~ NEWPORT NEWS, VA– The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (VMAPAC) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) awarded this year’s VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award to the Honorable David Bulova, 31st District of the House of Delegates, at the Virginia Industry Forum […]

Alria Giving Employees $3,000 Bonus With Windfall From Federal Tax Cut

Altria Giving Employees $3,000 Bonus With Windfall From Federal Tax Cut. The AP (2/2) reported Altria announced it is giving its employees a $3,000 bonus “with a fraction of its windfall from the federal corporate tax cut.” The one-time payout to about 7,900 non-executive employees totals about $24 million. The company posted a $10.3 billion […]

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 8, 2018 Office of the Governor Contact: Ofirah Yheskel Email: Ofirah.Yheskel@governor.virginia.gov Secretariat of the Commonwealth Contact: Caroline Corl Email: Caroline.Corl@governor.virginia.gov Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments  RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today. Secretariat of Natural Resources  Joshua Saks, Deputy […]

Recycle VA! Presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission

http://www.norfolk.gov/NEC Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO, and Kate Baker, Virginia Retail Federation, presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission last night on the Recycle VA! initiative and its first VA legislation – SB1518 – to improve recycling for beneficial use, litter reduction and public education. Click here to view the Recycle VA! Overview that was discussed.

Canada Agrees To Join Trade Accord With US And Mexico; NAM Welcomes Trilateral Agreement

Canada Agrees To Join Trade Accord With US And Mexico; NAM Welcomes Trilateral Agreement. The New York Times (9/30, Rappeport) reports that the US and Canada have reached “a last minute deal to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to people familiar with the negotiations, overcoming deep divisions to keep the 25-year-old trilateral […]

2013 VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Awards Given

~Speaker Bill Howell and Senator Frank Ruff Take Top Honors~ RICHMOND, VA– The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (VMAPAC) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) awarded this year’s VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award to the Honorable Bill Howell, 28th District of the House of Delegates, and the Honorable Frank Ruff, 15th District of the Senate. This […]

VMA 2017 Crossover Report is Now Available!

VMA 2017 Crossover Report   The VMA 2017 Crossover Report is now available.   For assistance on how to make the most of grass roots advocacy or for more details about VMA’s legislative resources, please contact Kimberly Noonan, VMA Member Services Director, at (804) 528-4482 or by email at knoonan@vammanufacturers.com.   

Election questionnaire

November 1, 2013 Dear VMA Members & Friends:  VMAPAC supports candidates for political office that champion the manufacturing sector.  This year the House of Delegates and all statewide offices are up for election.  As a resource to our members, VMAPAC is publishing a Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire in which the two major candidates for governor have given answers […]

VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award

  VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award ~Record Six Legislators Recognized in 2018~   RICHMOND, VA– The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (VMAPAC) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) awarded this year’s VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award to the Honorable Kathy Byron, the Honorable Glenn Davis, the Honorable Todd Gilbert, the Honorable Israel O’Quinn, the Honorable […]

Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos

Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos University of Virginia Center of Politics | February 5, 2019 | Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik, Sabato’s Crystal Ball Saying that anything in the annals of American political history is “unique” or “unprecedented” is dangerous, for the simple fact that the past is filled with so many oddities from which we […]

VMA Calls For General Assembly Approval Over Tolling

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) joined a bipartisan group of Virginia legislators and other business groups today in Richmond to highlight proposed legislation relating to the tolling of Virginia’s existing interstate highway system.  Delegates Peace, Cox, Farrell, Helsel, Hodges, McQuinn, Morris, Robinson, and Tyler called for further General Assembly oversight of Virginia’s […]

Amazon had it right: Virginia is America’s Top State for Business in 2019

By Scott Kohn  |  CNBC In a year marked by historic economic development deals and marred by a damaging trade war, Virginia lands at the top of CNBC’s 2019 ranking of America’s Top States for Business. This is the Old Dominion’s fourth win in the 13 years since the study began. In fact, Virginia was CNBC’s inaugural […]

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing DailyEnergyInsider | August 21, 2017 | by Chris Galford  Following a request from Gov. Terry McAuliffe that Virginia be excluded from a Trump Administration plan to lease oil and gas operations, the Virginia Petroleum Council has rebutted the governor’s comments with a call […]

Cal Dooley Appearance on Bloomberg TV

Cal Dooley appeared on Bloomberg Markets this afternoon to discuss trade and the need for the US and Chinese governments to work together to avoid a trade war. To view the clip, click the link below.   Cal Dooley on Bloomberg TV

Virginia International Trade Corporation to Be Signed Into Law

Press release issued by VMA on the passage of the International Trade Bill. VMA International Trade Bill Press Release

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Miles Morin released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s comments on the Interior Department’s oil and gas leasing program. “It’s high time Virginians felt the benefits of harnessing our state’s vast energy […]

Competing for global Investment

Competing for global Investment by Barry Matherly and Nancy McLernon | Virginia Business The U.S. economy exemplifies success on a global stage. America leads the world in attracting international companies to invest and create jobs. No other country in the world can match our large consumer market, skilled workforce, innovative hubs and diverse industry. While […]

Del. Byron and Sen. Wagner Earn Top Honors

VMAPAC Recognizes 2012 Industrial Strength Leadership Winners RICHMOND, VA– The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (VMAPAC) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) awarded this year’s VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award to the Honorable Kathy Byron, 22nd District of the House of Delegates, and the Honorable Frank Wagner, 7th District of the Senate. This award is […]

General Assembly Republicans set to advance $1 billion tax relief package to the Governor’s desk by newt week

  General Assembly Republicans set to advance $1 billion tax relief package to the Governor’s desk by next week Virginia General Assembly leaders are advancing twin bills to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief.  The House and Senate Finance Committees will both meet Friday to act on legislation that is expected to be voted […]

Bipartisan Firefighting Foam Bill Passes VA Legislature

    Bipartisan Firefighting Foam Bill Passes VA legislature -Support from firefighters, environmental and industry groups- The Virginia legislature has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill supported by firefighters, environmental groups, and industry aimed at responsible use of Class B firefighting foams. The “Responsible Firefighting Foam Management Act” establishes statewide uniform requirements that would restrict the […]

Governor’s office says Northam will veto bill aimed at thwarting carbon rule

Governor’s office says Northam will veto bill aimed at thwarting carbon rule By ROBERT ZULLO Richmond Times-Dispatch Mar 20, 2018 Environmental organizations demonstrated Monday at Capitol Square in Richmond. The groups urged Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration to eliminate exemptions and make other changes to the current plan to cap carbon emissions in Virginia   As […]

Virginia Leaders Tout Economic Benefits of Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe For Immediate Release September 2, 2014 Contact: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@Governor.Virginia.Gov Virginia Leaders Tout Economic Benefits of Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Virginia elected officials, business leaders and advocates from across the Commonwealth released the following statements today following an announcement by Governor Terry McAuliffe, Dominion Resources and […]

Governor calls bipartisan effort to clean coal ash ‘historic’

Governor calls bipartisan effort to clean coal ash ‘historic’   By Kathleen Shaw, Capital News Service Sen. Amanda Chase speaks at press conference announcing the deal on January 24. VCU Capital News Service   Virginians could see an additional $5 charge on their power bills after Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox […]

Business Leaders Support Bill to Boost International Trade

Business Leaders Support Bill to Boost International Trade

Lawmakers Kill Plan to Add Tolls to I-81 in Virginia

Lawmakers Kill Plan to Add Tolls to I-81 in Virginia Virginia lawmakers have rejected a plan to add tolls to Interstate 81 to pay for $2 billion in upgrades that would improve safety and traffic flow. Feb. 1, 2019 Lawmakers Kill Plan to Add Tolls to I-81 in Virginia BY ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. […]

Trump, E.U. announce deal to avert escalation of trade tensions

Trump, E.U. announce deal to avert escalation of trade tensions The Washington Post | July 25, 2018 |By Damian Paletta and Jeanne Whalen  The United States and the European Union stepped back from the brink of an escalating trade war Wednesday, with the unexpected announcement of a process to ease tensions and avoid further tariffs. […]

Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Enhance Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water, and Public Health

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 4, 2018 Office of the Governor Contact: Ofirah Yheskel Email: Ofirah.Yheskel@governor.virginia.gov   Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Enhance Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water, and Public Health ~ Executive action will strengthen and support the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ~ […]

A Labor Legacy to Remember: Years of Excessive Overregulation

A Labor Legacy to Remember:  Years of Excessive Overregulation Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) released a new study today that outlines the destructive legacy this administration’s relentless labor regulatory agenda will leave for manufacturers, their employees and the communities in which they live. […]

NBC12 Covers International Trade Corporation

Richmond NBC affiliate Channel 12 taped a piece on the recently passed legislation creating the International Trade Corporation. You may view the link here.

2014 Wrap Up Report and Legislative Scorecard

May 1, 2014 Dear VMA Members: I am pleased to report that we had an outstanding legislative session this year. VMA Priority Bills were part of the Governor’s amended bills and we worked actively through the veto session. Of course, since the General Assembly still has not finalized its budget, we will continue to work […]

Gov George Allen on Fox Business – The Future of Manufacturing

Former Virginia Governor George Allen joined FOX Business to discuss the policies needed to support the future of manufacturing, highlighting the NAM’s role in advancing those priorities in both the White House and Congress.

Governor Ralph Northam Unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 2, 2018 Governor Ralph Northam Unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan ~ Plan focuses on increasing investments in solar, wind, energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today released the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, which provides a […]

House and Senate Overwhelmingly Approve $1 Billion Tax Relief Package

House and Senate Overwhelmingly Approve $1 Billion Tax Relief Package February 12, 2019 | 2019 General Assembly, Press Releases The Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia today approved legislation that will provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Virginia’s taxpayers. The legislation will provide $420 million to Virginia taxpayers later this year, in […]

Northam retains GOP language in budget to keep VA out of carbon-reduction plan

Northam retains GOP language in budget to keep Va. out of carbon-reduction plan Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), center, at a bill-signing ceremony in Richmond last month. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP) By Gregory S. Schneider  |  The Washington Post May 2, 2019 RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam (D) angered environmental groups Thursday by signing off on a state […]

As Virginia pipeline battles continue, Northam reappoints head of state environmental agency

As Virginia pipeline battles continue, Northam reappoints head of state environmental agency By GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch In September, Sir James Weaver chanted with others outside of the Department of Environmental Quality office to protest the agency’s handling of a pair of gas pipelines. SHELBY LUM/TIMES-DISPATCH Gov. Ralph Northam has reappointed David K. Paylor as […]

Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress to Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation

  Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress to Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation RICHMOND— Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed a letter with a coalition of Governors from coastal states, urging Congressional leadership to reject legislation that would punish states for seeking to block offshore drilling and protect their coasts. The press release and full letter are […]

U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement in Principle Announced; Canada Expected to Join Talks Shortly and President Trump Indicates Termination of NAFTA in Future.

VMA Commerce Committee Members, U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement in Principle Announced; Canada Expected to Join Talks Shortly and President Trump Indicates Termination of NAFTA in Future   President Donald J. Trump, joined on the phone by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, announced the conclusion today of U.S.-Mexican trade talks to create a U.S.-Mexican Trade Agreement, which […]

Governor McAuliffe Announces Legislation to Strengthen Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe December 12, 2016 Office of the Governor: Contact: Brian Coy at Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he will introduce legislation in the upcoming 2017 General Assembly session to strengthen oversight, accountability and management at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). “The legislation we are announcing […]

Defense Spending Cuts Would Cost 115,000 Virginia Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) was proud to participate with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in a national press conference to release a new report, Defense Spending Cuts: The Impact on Economic Activity and Jobs. The Washington, DC press was eager to understand the effects on the Commonwealth and its businesses as outlined in the […]

Governor McAuliffe Signs New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program Law

The following press release was issued jointly from Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Manufacturing Skills Institute: New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program 3-10-16

Carbon cap debate focuses on uncertainty for utility customers

Carbon cap debate focuses on uncertainty for utility customers Richmond Times Dispatch | By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Would a cap on carbon emissions from big power plants make renewable energy a more economical option for electric utilities, or would it simply raise rates for industrial and other customers? Virginia won’t know until it adopts a […]

I-81 Plan Proposes Tolls for Trucks, Cars

I-81 plan proposes tolls for trucks, cars David McGee | Bristol Herald Courier ABINGDON, Va. — Paying for $2 billion in needed improvements along Interstate 81 could include charging tolls for passenger cars and commercial trucks, sales and fuel tax increases or some combination of those, according to a draft plan. State transportation officials unveiled details […]

New Battleground State Poll: Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Energy Infrastructure Investment

New Battleground State Poll: Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Energy Infrastructure Investment Clear Majority of Voters Say Development of Pipelines, Power Lines Will Spur Job Creation, Boost the Economy  RICHMOND, VA — More than 80 percent of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia voters believe public and private investment in infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would have a positive […]

Inside Business: Biz groups gather in support of offshore oil, gas exploration

Biz groups gather in support of offshore oil, gas exploration By Virginia Lascara virginia.lascara@insidebiz.com Offshore drilling of gas and oil would diversify the Hampton Roads economy and create jobs, business and industry leaders said last week. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held a press conference on Wednesday about the possibilities of offshore energy exploration […]