Because of the Trump tax cuts and policy changes in filing requirements, most constituents will see a lower federal tax bill. However, unless we change Virginia's tax policy, many will have to pay more in state taxes - to the tune of $1.2 billion dollars. My goal is to make sure that each of you receives your fair share of those extra dollars that rightly belong to the taxpayers of Virginia.
Additionally, because of a recent Supreme Court ruling, sales taxes that Virginians were supposed to be paying on items they bought on-line will probably be collected from the seller. This system of taxing will be handled similarly to the taxing of local retailers.
2. Economic Development and Jobs
Because job creation is what drives a growing and prosperous economy, I proposed legislation to deal with the great untapped tax revenue that will be coming to Virginia from the expansion of the eCommerce giant, Amazon.
To fill those jobs and skilled positions, the Assembly has proposed legislation to better address how we will train for those high-demand skills. These proposals will build on the fast track training I pushed through a couple of years ago.
Broadband Internet Service
Finally, many are beginning to understand that Internet connections are as important today as electrical power was in the early 1900's.
4. Election Reform
For far too long, the issue of having fair, free, and honest elections has been ignored. After an independent study clearly proved that actions were taken to help one party over another, it is time to make the process of elections and drawing district lines fair to all Americans.
5. Additional Reform
In the realm of foster care, after careful study, we now know that Virginia does not do so well in serving those young people that have been split from their family. Many of us are committed to making needed changes. Additionally, I committed to reducing some of the unneeded regulations to operate a business in Virginia.
There are many other issues that other legislators will choose to focus on. It is impossible for one legislator to focus on the myriad of issues that affect the entire Commonwealth. This year, I will focus most on the above, as well as work on the budget and determine how we will deal with your tax dollars.