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Business Leaders Support Bill to Boost International Trade

Business Leaders Support Bill to Boost International Trade

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Braunlich: Delay these laws to accelerate economic recovery

Braunlich: Delay these laws to accelerate economic recovery Last week the Virginia Municipal League (VML), representing the Commonwealth’s city, town and county governments, urged Gov. Ralph Northam to delay legislation imposing new costs and unfunded mandates on them. They argued that the economic recession and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic have made both prohibitive. […]

29 business trade associations ask Gov. Northam for more transparency, ‘democratic process’ in reopening

29 business trade associations ask Gov. Northam for more transparency, ‘democratic process’ in reopening RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A group of 29 business trade associations in the state are petitioning Gov. Ralph Northam to include more “transparency and democratic processes” in his decisions to reopen the state in phases. The state is in the process […]

General Assembly poised to delay minimum wage increase during reconvened session

General Assembly poised to delay minimum wage increase during reconvened session Landmark legislation to boost the state’s minimum wage — long out of reach for Democratic lawmakers when Republicans controlled the legislature — faces further delay Wednesday. This time, it’s at the hands of Democrats grappling with the economic ramifications of COVID-19. “I’m disappointed. I’m […]

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses A consortium of 27 industry groups, the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, want Gov. Ralph Northam to delay enacting several bills passed in the last legislative session that it believes will further harm businesses already crippled by actions taken to […]

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 […]

Schapiro: Pandemic thwarts progressive advances in Virginia

Schapiro: Pandemic thwarts progressive advances in Virginia In 1931, as the Great Depression erased jobs and pushed families into despair, Virginia’s political boss, Harry Byrd Sr., received some advice from a corporate leader cum confidant: Stand by the status quo. “We must,” tobacco man Billy Reed wrote Byrd, then a former governor and future U.S. senator, “keep […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

U.S. Supreme Court overturns 4th Circuit ruling that would have blocked pipeline crossing

U.S. Supreme Court overturns 4th Circuit ruling that would have blocked pipeline crossing The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an appeals court ruling that would have blocked construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline beneath the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The court voted 7-2 to overturn the ruling by the 4th U.S […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia Seeks Climate Leadership with Sweeping Energy Bill

Virginia Seeks Climate Leadership with Sweeping Energy Bill RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A sweeping energy bill that supporters said would make Virginia a national leader in addressing climate change passed the state House Thursday amid warnings by critics that it will carry a steep price tag. The legislation, called the Virginia Clean Economy Act, moved […]

Personnel File: Local business people in the news

Personnel File: Local business people in the news The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee awarded the its Industrial Strength Leadership Award to 59th House District Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, and 65th House District Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, in recognition of their exceptional support for a pro-manufacturing agenda as measured by the most recent legislative session voting record. Forty-six […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brett Vassey column: Revolutionizing ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’

Brett Vassey column: Revolutionizing ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ In the wake of China’s decision two years ago to stop collecting recyclable materials such as plastic from the United States, the impact has been profound. Recyclers across the commonwealth are financially stressed, and many localities are having difficulty effectively managing their curbside recycling programs. Now, faced with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia Businesses Petition for Democratic Process

Virginia Businesses Petition for Democratic Process RICHMOND, VA – A diverse group of 29 business trade associations have petitioned Governor Northam to require greater transparency and democratic processes for local government decisions pertaining to COVID-19 phase progression.   The coalition letter states that: Virginia’s businesses have committed to the most stringent public health and safety […]

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 […]

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 ~ […]

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.

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 […]

An open letter to the candidates: What your pollsters may not know about America and foreign policy

Liz Schrayer  |  President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Dear Candidates: You’re running for Congress or to be America’s Commander in Chief— congratulations! And whether you’re a new candidate or running for re-election— Republican, Democrat, or Independent—I look forward to working with you. It’s a complex and competitive global arena, with no shortage of […]

Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk

Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk RICHMOND — Some supermarkets are urging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to veto a bill meant to discourage the use of throwaway plastic grocery bags, saying the nudge toward reusable totes could contribute to the spread of coronavirus. The Virginia Food Industry Association […]

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

Feds reconsidering permit for power lines near historic Jamestown, but there’s a hitch: They’re already built

Dominion Energy Virginia’s new Skiffes Creek transmission line is seen from Hog Island Wildlife Management Area Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Jonathon Gruenke/AP) By: Gregory S. Schneider  |  The Washington Post WILLIAMSBURG — There was a catch to the public forum this week about whether Dominion Energy should be allowed to build a power line across the James […]

Don’t turn Virginia into California

Don’t turn Virginia into California By: F. Vincent Vernuccio | Washington Post F. Vincent Vernuccio is a senior fellow at Virginia Works. Virginia could soon have one of the United States’ most expansive public-sector union systems, rivaling union-dominated states such as Connecticut, Illinois, New York and California. The big state news in 2020 so far […]

The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption?

The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption? Many employers are aware that when Congress initially passed the FFCRA, it allowed the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue later rules exempting employers with fewer than 50 employees (“small business”) from its […]

Virginia proposal would take a new look at Dominion Energy’s surplus profits

Virginia proposal would take a new look at Dominion Energy’s surplus profits The Fair Energy Bills Act would give state regulators power to order refunds when the utility collect excessive revenue. Virginia environmental advocates expect Dominion Energy’s planned investments in solar, offshore wind, and coal ash dump cleanup will lead to some justifiable rate increases […]

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 […]

Va. Democrats choose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax as House speaker; first woman to lead House

Va. Democrats choose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax as House speaker; first woman to lead House Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, left a meeting room at The James Center building on Saturday, shortly after Democrats in the House of Delegates chose her to be the next House speaker. Behind her are (from left) Dels. Lamont Bagby, […]

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 […]

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.

After intense Dominion lobbying, Senate panel kills bipartisan Fair Energy Bills Act

After intense Dominion lobbying, Senate panel kills bipartisan Fair Energy Bills Act A Democrat-led Senate panel Monday night killed a bipartisan bill that aimed to restore a system of electric utility rate review that could have returned hundreds of millions in overearnings to customers of Dominion Energy, vividly illustrating the power that the state’s largest […]

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 […]

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase Business groups and Virginia’s cities and counties are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to hit pause on a proposed minimum wage hike. Advocates, meanwhile, argue it’s more timely than ever. It’s still unclear whether Northam is willing to walk back one of Democratic lawmakers’ proudest achievements in the face […]

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

Governor to call ‘timeout’ on budget, suspend all new spending, use cash for essential services

Governor to call ‘timeout’ on budget, suspend all new spending, use cash for essential services Gov. Ralph Northam will suspend all new spending in the pending two-year, $135 billion state budget and divert planned deposits in the state’s reserves to pay for essential services in the public health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus […]

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. […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Virginia Democrats Poised to Pass Public Bargaining Measures

Virginia Democrats Poised to Pass Public Bargaining Measures RICHMOND, Va. — Newly empowered Democratic lawmakers in Virginia appear poised to extend collective bargaining rights to at least some public workers, a historic change backed by labor unions and opposed by business associations and many of the state’s local governments. Democrats in the traditionally business-friendly state […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule to Update FLSA’s Joint Employer Regulations

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule to Update FLSA’s Joint Employer Regulations NEWS RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to update the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They have not been meaningfully updated in over 60 […]

Virginia emerges as South’s progressive leader under Dems

Virginia emerges as South’s progressive leader under Dems Alan Suderman & Sarah Rankin | Full Article >>> Fox13 Memphis RICHMOND, Va. – (AP) – In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region’s progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers […]

EDITORIAL: Gov. Northam, veto anti-business bills

EDITORIAL: Gov. Northam, veto anti-business bills DURING a webinar with Virginia business leaders on Thursday moderated by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Susan Spears, Gov. Ralph Northam was asked whether he would either veto or at least delay the implementation of a number of bills passed by the General Assembly that would impose increased […]

Appalachian Power backs bookkeeping used for rate increase request

Appalachian Power backs bookkeeping used for rate increase request Appalachian Power Co. is defending what critics call an improper accounting practice used to justify its request for a rate increase. The company “exercised its statutory rights in December 2019 pursuant to the plain and unambiguous text” of the law that was in effect at the […]

Virginia Business Comments: Proposed Emergency Regulation to Prevent Infectious Disease in the Workplace Highly Flawed

Proposed Emergency Regulation to Prevent Infectious Disease in Workplace Highly Flawed Rushed approval questioned–similar regulation already rejected by Federal Court RICHMOND (June 23, 2020) – At a meeting of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Health Codes Board on Wednesday emergency regulations on workplace safety will be considered in a hurried process that lacks […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Vassey DuVal OpEd

Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council

Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council By  Michael Martz  |  Richmond Times-Dispatch RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam made clear to his revenue advisory council on Monday that he does not support repeal of Virginia’s right-to-work law that forbids compulsory union membership. With Democrats preparing to take complete control of the General […]

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 […]

Virginia House Democrats Announce Special Session Agenda

Virginia House Democrats Announce Special Session Agenda RICHMOND, VA—Today, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus revealed its list of legislative priorities ahead of the 2020 Special Session, which builds upon Democrats’ historic achievements during this year’s regular session. In this Special Session, House Democrats will take action to reassess and revise the biennial budget, prioritizing support for Virginia’s […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Virginia General Assembly to convene with Democrats in charge. Expect big changes.

Virginia General Assembly to convene with Democrats in charge. Expect big changes. By: Gregory S. Schneider and Laura Vozzella  |  Virginia Business RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly that convenes here Wednesday will look different from any other in the body’s 401-year history, with diverse Democratic leadership aiming to set a new course after a quarter-century […]

Pro-business groups ask Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising minimum wage

Pro-business groups ask Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising minimum wage Pro-business groups are banding together in Virginia, asking Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising the minimum wage and other legislation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 27 groups are involved. They are asking to delay raising the minimum wage for at least […]

Balance of power – Control of the General Assembly is at stake in pivotal fall election

Balance of power Control of the General Assembly is at stake in pivotal fall election September 30  |  Virginia Business by Bob Gibson Three years ago, Sheila Bynum-Coleman’s then-19-year-old daughter was at a club in South Richmond when gunshots rang out. As she fled to her car, a bullet ripped through her shoulder and grazed her […]

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 […]

Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy Forms Amid Threats to Virginia’s Prosperity

Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy Forms Amid Threats to Virginia’s Prosperity PRESS RELEASE                                      DATE:  January 14, 2020                                                                            […]

House Republican Leaders Highlight Priorities in Advance of Special Session

House Republican Leaders Highlight Priorities in Advance of Special Session Speaking at a virtual press conference earlier today, House Republican Leaders announced their priorities for tomorrow’s Special Session of the General Assembly. Find highlights of speakers’ remarks below, along with a broad overview of the topics and legislation Republicans will champion during the session. Republicans […]

Back to the future? Unlikely allies call for deregulation, but Virginia’s been here before

Back to the future? Unlikely allies call for deregulation, but Virginia’s been here before Ken Cuccinelli kicked off a press conference in May announcing the formation of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition.   by Richard Foster and M.J. McAteer  |  Virginia Business   A surprising coalition of strange political bedfellows has united behind deregulating Virginia’s power […]

SCC: Dominion overcharged customers by $502M in 2017-19

SCC: Dominion overcharged customers by $502M in 2017-19 Clean Virginia advocacy group calls for legislative reform Richmond-based Dominion Energy Inc. recorded more than $500 million above authorized earnings levels from 2017 to 2019, according to a State Corporation Commission report released Tuesday. The report, which was sent to Gov. Ralph Northam and the House and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Winners

                    PRESS RELEASE   DATE: October 30, 2019                                                    CONTACT:  Kimberly Noonan, 804. 643.7489     VMAPAC 2019 Industrial Strength Leadership Awards […]

Dominion proposes $6/month decrease in residential power bills

Dominion proposes $6/month decrease in residential power bills Announcement comes after House passes legislation to save Dominion customers $10/month. by Kate Andrews for Virginia Business Dominion Energy Inc. announced Friday a proposed $6/month decrease in customers’ residential electric bills starting in May, pending approval from the State Corporation Commission. The announcement comes after the House […]

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 […]

Virginia International Trade Authority Press Conference

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

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   

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

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 […]

How will legislation on HB 533 affect Central Virginia?

How will legislation on HB 533 affect Central Virginia? Bretty Vassey, President & CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, discusses HB 533, a General Assembly bill banning plastic bags. Listen here >>> WLNI 105.9 FM

The SCC updates estimate of VCEA impact; costs expected to increase 24%

The SCC updates estimate of VCEA impact; costs expected to increase 24% HB1526/SB851 (aka the Virginia Clean Economy Act) strips SCC authority; mandates zero-carbon electricity generation by 2045/2050, mandates closure of Virginia City power station, Chesterfield power station, and Clover power station; mandates the implementation of an offshore wind project estimated to be the most […]

Facing Economic Turmoil, Virginia Businesses Ask Lawmakers to Approve Delay in Costly Mandates

Facing Economic Turmoil, Virginia Businesses Ask Lawmakers to Approve Delay in Costly Mandates As the General Assembly prepares to reconvene in session next Wednesday, a group of 29 Virginia business organizations called the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, sent a letter to lawmakers asking they approve the Governor’s recent amendments to eight bills. Those […]

State Democrats unveil 2020 legislative agenda

State Democrats unveil 2020 legislative agenda Slate includes Equal Rights Amendment, raising minimum wage, expanding affordable housing By: Sydney Lake |  Virginia Business Gov. Ralph Northam and the leaders of the state legislature’s new Democratic majority unveiled their 11-point ‘Virginia 2020 Plan’ for the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday. House Speaker-designee Eileen Filler-Corn, incoming Senate […]

Senate committee kills paid sick leave bill by wide bipartisan margin

Senate committee kills paid sick leave bill by wide bipartisan margin Legislation to require some Virginia businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees during a public health emergency died in Senate committee on Wednesday by a wide, bipartisan vote that also reflected concerns over the limitations of a program Gov. Ralph Northam proposed to […]

Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 18

Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 18 ~ Special session will focus on budget, criminal and social justice reform ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is calling the General Assembly into special session on Tuesday, August 18, following the Governor’s traditional end-of-fiscal-year report to the General Assembly’s money committees. A special session is […]

PRESS: VMA Announces Support for Bipartisan Fair Energy Bills Act (HB1132)

VMA Announces Support for Bipartisan Fair Energy Bills Act (HB1132) Richmond, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) Board of Directors voted to support the Fair Energy Bills Act (HB1132). Delegate Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) and Delegate Lee Ware (R-Powhatan) introduced the Fair Energy Bills Act (FEBA) to protect consumers from rising energy costs. View 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 […]