96th District, Virginia House of Delegates                                         February 10 , 2017

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Richmond Office 
General Assembly Building
Room 403
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-698-1096
Fax: 804-786-6310
DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov
   
Legislative Aide
Amanda Johnston
Amanda@brendapogge.com
With only fifteen days remaining in the 2017 General Assembly session, House members have made significant progress in addressing this year's legislative priorities. Two important deadlines passed this week. Tuesday marked crossover, the date by which the House and Senate must complete all work on the bills introduced in their respective chambers. On Thursday, we also debated and passed the House budget. The Republican led House of Delegates is committed to enacting conservative reforms, and I am pleased to support policies to streamline government and promote efficiencies.

I recently received the results of my legislative survey, and I appreciate all who took the time to share their perspective on a variety of issues. Respondents identified two top priorities for the House of Delegates. "Creating jobs and improving the economy" garnered the most support but was closely followed by "cutting wasteful government spending." As I shared in my week 2 newsletter, cutting bureaucratic red tape is a top priority during this session. Additionally, the House passed legislation to prohibit local governments from adopting ordinances setting the minimum wage higher than the state government. We also passed legislation protecting small business owners that operate franchises from being forced to unionize their employees. As a commonsense conservative, I believe these bills will stimulate economic growth in Virginia.
2017 Legislative Survey Results
This year's survey was again mailed to households and posted on my website. Over 250 individuals replied, and the full results are available at  www.brendapogge.com. Following are highlights from the survey.  
  • Receiving 40% of responses, public safety ranked as the most important of six core government services. By comparison, K-12 and college education ranked a distant third, receiving only 12% of responses.
  • Nearly 94% of respondents believe healthcare providers should provide clear cost information before providing services.
  • Medicaid expansion remains unpopular, with over 85% opposing expansion.
  • Job creation and cutting government spending were nearly tied as the top priorities to be addressed by the Virginia House of Delegates.
  • 76% of respondents strongly believe that college tuition is too high, but only 8% support increasing state funding for colleges. The preferred methods of reducing college costs are encouraging universities to offer three-year programs (21%) and "bare bones" tuition, where room and board are not offered (20%).
More visitors!
As evidenced by the photo below, I spent most of my week on the House floor. Visitors continued stopping by my office, though, and we were pleased to welcome representatives from the following organizations:
  • Equality Virginia
  • James River Association
  • Virginia Association of Realtors
  • Virginia Catholic Conference

The House is now hearing Senate bills, and I hope that you will remain engaged in the legislative process. I appreciate your input, and I may be reached by email at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 804-698-1096. Also, there is still time to visit! My office is located in Room 403 of the General Assembly Building at the corner of 9th and Broad Streets.

Have a great weekend...enjoy the warm weather!
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Delegate Brenda Pogge

Paid for and Authorized by Brenda Pogge for Delegate