It is my hope that each and every one of you had a blessed and Merry Christmas. Often, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, folks are simply too rushed with year-end issues - shopping, baking and all the other things that take time and energy - to reflect on how blessed we are that Christ is part of our lives. These last several days after Christmas have given me time to better reflect.
Now, as the new year is beginning, I wish all a fruitful new year. Hoping 2019 will bring you good health, well-being, and peace of mind in all that you do.
Prior to that, I spent much time preparing myself for the 2019 Session. The Governor presented to us his wish list as to how he would like to spend expected new revenue to the state. That extra revenue comes from two major sources. The first is that the national economy has been very strong, driving up wages, spending, and other economic activity. The second is based on the Trump tax cut changes on the federal level. Virginia is expecting over two billion dollars over the next several years. All of which he proposes spending over that period of time. Each of his proposals focuses on the various special interests that supported him in his 2017 election. The worst of those proposals is one in which he would avoid conforming Virginia's tax code to that of the federal government and spend it. Many of us believe that it would be far wiser to make sure everyone shares in the Trump tax cut. For years, taxpayers have complained that Virginia has not kept pace with the federal government in adjusting our exemptions for inflation. This in effect is a tax increase. The Governor instead would redirect these funds from those who pay them to others.