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VOLUME 3 | Edition 8 | March 2018

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

The Virginia General Assembly recessed its 2018 legislative session Saturday afternoon. In total, a record 3,722 bills were introduced this session. At crossover, the VMA was working 94 priority and defensive priority bills. At the end of the session, the VMA won 83% of its priority bills and 91% of its defensive priority bills.

Unfortunately, the General Assembly could not come to agreement on its budget and recessed without amendments to this year's budget or adopting the new 2018-2020 biennium budget. The Governor will now have to call a Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly to deal with the budget and judicial appointments sometime before June 30, 2018.

The primary issue in the budget negotiations will be the state expansion of Medicaid to nearly 400,000 low-income Virginians. The dispute over this expansion, which is entirely dependent upon Federal subsidies for the next three years, has been widely debated and some have begun to doubt the Federal government's ability to sustain state expansions. Numerous studies have been conducted over the last five years trying to ascertain the affordability of such an expansion. In fact, recent studies have even polled Virginians on requiring Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive the expanded benefits. Regardless, legislators are going back to their districts to listen to constituents and advocates about how to provide this $325 million in new spending without taking from other state priorities such as education, highways and public safety.

The VMA 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up Report will be published soon. It will give members a comprehensive analysis of the proposed budget and all bills affecting industrial businesses this session. We will specifically highlight those priority bills that will improve Virginia's competitiveness and defensive bills that will require further attention throughout the year.

Best Wishes,
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Mark Your Calendar for the March VMA Webinar 

Tuesday, March 27th 

The VMA Webinar Series is designed to be a platform to educate manufacturers on the services and resources available to all VMA members. Each month will feature a different topic. Topics for this month's webinar include:

Innovating New Ways of Using Apprenticeships!
Learn how to use high-quality pre-apprenticeship courses, customized training and traditional credit courses to train and grow your region's workforce!   Once registered with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry as a sponsor of registered apprenticeship, new partner employers can sign up their employees for courses,  at no charge for the first two years of training through the $2.9 million ApprenticeVA grant.

Wes Smith from the Community College Workforce Alliance ( CCWA) will discuss best practices as well as what Danville Community College ( DCC) and Southside Virginia Community College ( SVCC) can offer through  ApprenticeVA!

VMA Insurance Program
As a member of the VMA, you will receive exclusive access to our new Property and Casualty Insurance Program. The program provides opportunities for manufacturers of all sizes to gain preferential pricing and access to extensive risk management tools normally only given to extremely large customers. These resources and tools will help prevent and reduce losses, help with compliance and ultimately reduce the cost of doing business. 

Kevin Odberg,  FCCI and Zak Kephart,  Bankers Insurance, will provide an overview of the program and how it can benefit your company. 

Register Here for the March 27th webinar!  

Mark your calendar for the next VMA Webinar on  April 24! 

Announcing Free VMA Member Banking with Sonabank


Free Member Banking With Sonabank

By signing up for a Kasasa account through the VMA's  partnership with Sonabank, you get all the great rewards from a standard Kasasa account plus more!
  • Free online banking and mobile banking with mobile deposit.
  • $25 account opening deposit incentive
  • A local banker dedicated to you and your needs.
  • $250 credit towards closing costs when financing a home mortgage through Sonabank.
  • .25% APR reduction in consumer loan interest rate with automatic draft with Sonabank.
  • Bonus rates on a standard Certificate of Deposit
  • No fee, no obligation Investment Consultation with Sonabank Investments.
  • Visa Platinum Credit Card with rewards
Other Benefits:
  • Receive 1 box of checks per year.
  • Free 3×5 Safe Deposit Box (or equivalent dollar credit for larger box, subject to availability.  First year only.)
  • One time Overdraft Fee forgiveness once per year.
  • No fee cashier's checks.
Click here to view program details and steps to open an account and redeem your $25 deposit incentive.
Learn more about Sonabank at  www.sonabank.com or 1-888-464-BANK (2265).

Dream It. Do It. Virginia - Company Profile
34th Annual Employment Law Update - March 22nd

Kaufman & Canoles will be hosting the 34th Annual Employment Law Update on March 22nd at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

An office party can be a great way for a company to build morale and show appreciation to their employees. However, office celebrations can also be a breeding ground for inappropriate behavior when alcohol is involved and/or someone decides to become the "life of the party." The 34th Annual Employment Law Update will highlight these and other employment law risks and provide practical suggestions on risk avoidance.   Attendees can also earn up to 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and 5 PDCs toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. The party won't end there!  One lucky winner will be chosen to host his/her own "office party" at the area's hottest new party venue, Hilton Norfolk The Main!

Attendees may select two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions (materials with essential information on all topics will be provided to attendees in electronic or printed format).  Click here to view the program outline and speaker list.  

Manufacturing Institute Launches New MFG Women Online Community

The Manufacturing Institute's MFG Women online community has officially launched!   This new platform will allow all women manufacturers, educators, and community leaders to share best practices, find relevant content, utilize resources, engage with industry professionals, find out about upcoming events, and more! It is a space to speak freely, ask questions, and be heard. 

V isit  http://community.themanufacturinginstitute.org  to log in and get started!  

To log in, click the "First Time here?" link as shown in the image below to create a password. Your email will be your username.

After you log in, click on the arrow at the top right of the page. Then click the " Profile" button in the drop down menu as shown in the image below. This is where you will update your profile - add your profile picture, bio, education, job history and more!

Finally, find the " Introduce Yourself Here" discussion post and be sure to introduce yourself on the MFG Community!