Thursday, March 21, 2013
Barker spoke to Democrats at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield on Wednesday.
Virginia Sen. George Barker (D-39th) says that the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session was a success, due in large part to the passage of a transportation bill that will bring $800 million in annual revenue to the Commonwealth. “The transportation bill will provide tremendous revenues to help us move forward long-term,” said Barker, who spoke 85 Democrats at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield on Wednesday morning. House Bill 2313 will generate $880 million in new revenue for state roadway projects. Fairfax County, under the transportation bill, will see $47.6 million annually and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will receive $111 million from increased taxes. The bill also guarantees $300 million for …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The bill will generate $880 million for statewide transportation projects, and Northern Virginia is guaranteed a piece.
The recently passed Virginia transportation funding bill isn't perfect, but it was reached through compromise - that was the message conveyed Tuesday night by local members of the Virginia General Assembly to the South County Federation. "The bill is pretty bullet proof," said Del. Dave Albo (D-42), a House representative on the transportation bill conference committee. "And if the money is not use for roads, the bill stipulates that all the revenue sources cease to exist… There's going to be some things in there you don't like, there are some things I don't like. It's not a perfect plan." The transportation bill will generate $880 million in new revenue for state roadway projects, and Fairfax County will see $47.6 million annually and …
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The Commonwealth of Virginia has a choice - expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or not. Doing so would provide $21 billion over seven years and health insurance for at least 400,000 of Virginia's uninsured, and the program would be fully funded by the Feds for the first three years and then decline to 90 percent in 2020. Governor McDonnell recently wrote to the Obama administration that no agreement has been reached to expand Medicaid. “Some media outlets and elected officials have labeled this [the compromise agreement] as approving Medicaid expansion in Virginia. This is absolutely incorrect,” he wrote. McDonnell appointed a bipartisan panel of 10 Virginia legislators to determine the issue…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Fairfax Station and Clifton will continue to be split among George Barker's, Dave Marsden's and Chap Petersen's districts after failure of Republican-sponsored Senate bill, which proposed redrawing many districts for GOP edge.
Virginia Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) broke with his own party Wednesday, using a procedural ruling to stop a Republican-sponsored redistricting plan. The plan might have had a chance of passing the Virginia House if it made it to the floor for a vote, but Howell quashed the bill, clearing the way for the House to concentrate on Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation plan, The Washington Post reported. “I am committed to upholding the honor and traditions of both the office of Speaker, the institution as a whole and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Howell said in a statement. The Senate had made changes to the House measure, so it had to return to the House of Delegates for approval. Howell said the amended bill was “…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Fairfax Station-area representatives voted in the minority. Senate approved 25-15 a proposed constitutional amendment last week to allow governor to serve two terms in a row.
Monday, February 4
By Shelby Mertens, Capital News Service Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to re-elect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution. The Senate this week approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow governors to serve two terms in a row. The vote was 25-15. SJ 276 was co-sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Dels. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and David Ramadan (R-South Riding). Sen. George Barker (D-39th), who represents a large portion of Fairfax Station, voted against the constitutional amendment. Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34th), who also represents a portion of Fairfax Station, also voted against it. The resolution now …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lawmakers return from Richmond to meet with constituents for town hall meeting Saturday. Got any questions about pending legislation and the future of the Commonwealth?
The 2013 Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and members of the Northern Virginia delegation will return to hold a town hall meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. Virginia State Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd), Sen. George Barker (D-39th), Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will speak to constituents at the Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy., about pending legislation and answers about the General Assembly session. Opening remarks by the representatives will be followed by a Q&A.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Proposals by area legislators include hike in gas tax, campaign sign clutter, giving localities right to ban smoking in parks.
Northern Virginia lawmakers will make their case for hiking gas taxes, banning smoking in parks, cutting the clutter of campaign signs and dozens of other proposals beginning at 12 Noon Wednesday, the official start of the 2012 legislative session of the General Assembly in Richmond. The three proposals are just a sampling of what lawmakers will consider during the 60-day session in the state capital. Lawmakers' first order of business may be to determine who is in charge in the Senate. Evenly divided by party, it's uncertain whether Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling can step in and serve as a tie-breaker on some votes. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address. A budget shortfall …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Braddock District Supervisor forum also held Wednesday
Schools and colleges, transportation woes and complaints of unfair treatment out of Richmond took center stage Wednesday evening at a forum for state lawmakers and their political challengers at the Robinson Legislative Forum. Candidates for the Braddock District Supervisor race and Sheriff Stan Barry also appeared at the debate, held before a crowd of several hundred people – including many students fulfilling a school civics requirement – at Robinson Secondary School. Delegate Debate On education, 37th House District Del. David Bulova, a Democrat representing portions of Fairfax Station, Fairfax City and Centreville, praised the merits of accountability but accused mandates such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as destroying the “joy of …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Current state senator and his Republican challenger debated at Westminster at Lake Ridge in Occoquan
Patch blogged live from the debate between Virginia State Sen. George Barker (D-39) and Republican challenger Miller Baker.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Conservative appellate lawyer makes first run at elected office in bid for Virginia’s 39th District Senate seat.
Republican lawyer Miller Baker of Clifton is making his first run at public office this year, hoping to unseat incumbent Democrat George Barker as the state Senator from the 39th District (see map). But his first hurdle is a primary contest against fellow Republican Scott Martin, a GMU professor, on Aug. 23. The race between the victor of the upcoming primary and Barker could be a tight one. Barker won his seat by 151 votes in 2007, tipping the state Senate to a Democratic majority. So why has Baker, in private practice the past 18 years at McDermott Will & Emery, a Washington, D.C. law firm, decided to run for office? “Look around you, we live in very serious times, we’re in serious trouble and frankly, I’m a serious man,” he said in a …