For Immediate Release
Fairfax County Republican Committee objects to Fairfax County Board’s fiscal irresponsibility
Board refusal to support Republican-led comprehensive pension reform lessens County’s ability to provide services to its citizens
FAIRFAX, VA, Dec 6, 2018 – The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) applauds the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ passage of one pension reform at Tuesday night’s Board meeting but denounces the Board’s refusal to support all of the proposed reforms championed by Republican supervisors Pat Herrity and John Cook.
The Board voted unanimously to eliminate the pre-Social Security supplement for new employees, offering them the option of offsetting that removal by advancing future retirement income.
However, the Board failed to raise the retirement age from 55, thus leaving unsustainable pension costs in place. This takes money from County services and puts taxpayers at risk for future tax hikes. Supervisors Cook, Smyth, and Herrity voted to raise the age to 60.
The Board also voted to maintain the “rule of 85” (age plus years of service) by a vote of 7-3 with Supervisors Cook, Smyth, and Herrity voting against this policy. The Board voted 5-5 (tie votes fail) to increase the salary averaging period to 5 years from 3, with Supervisors Smyth, Cook, Herrity, Gross, and Chairman Bulova voting in favor of the change. Finally, the Board voted to eliminate the additional retirement allowance, which increases the retirement annuity by 3%, by a vote of 6-4. Supervisors Smyth, Foust, Herrity, Cook, Gross and Chairman Bulova voted in favor of the modification. The changes approved will go into effect for employees hired after July 1, 2019 and will not impact current employees.
“FCRC appreciates the relentless work by Republican Supervisors Herrity and Cook to overhaul Fairfax County government’s unsustainable program but is very disappointed the full Board of Supervisors did so little to rein in this budget busting retirement program,” said Tim Hannigan, FCRC chairman. “The Board of Supervisors’ fiscal irresponsibility continues to adversely affect taxpayers and services, and deserves serious attention by county residents.”
Sully Day of Service
December 1, 2018
Sully Republicans came together for a Sully Day of Service at the home of Gerarda Culipher, Chair of the Sully District Republicans. Volunteers baked, decorated and delivered Christmas cookies to the Sully Fire Stations and Police Stations. Tags placed with the cookies read “To our First Responders, Thank you for all you do, especially at the holidays! With Gratitude, The Sully Republicans”.
Presentation at the Board of Supervisors public hearing by Timothy Hannigan, Chairman of Fairfax County Republican Committee
November 20, 2018
On behalf of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, I thank you for making this much-needed assessment of the county’s broken pension plan.
For the many reasons cited by other speakers during this public hearing, the current pension plan defies any semblance of good governance:
- It costs too much, with its asymmetrical growth over the past 20 years raising property taxes and giving the county a multi-billion dollar unfunded liability.
- Its 27% county contribution to each employee’s pension plan provides an excessively generous benefit that is completely out-of-whack with other government and private company 401K plans in the area, AND
- It prevents adequate funding of critical government needs, such as competitive salaries for key employees and teachers.
Fairfax County’s pension plan has developed into such a debacle that it cries out for fixing. While a complete revamping of the plan to align it with other local plans would be preferable, the proposed reforms offer much-needed improvements.
Our Republican creed cites fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints as core elements. But fiscal responsibility is not solely a Republican virtue. All of us—Republicans, Democrats, independents, citizens—want good government.
Those with experience in organizations know that actually taking productive action to improve government involves careful assessment of problems, hard choices among competing interests, and a lot of hard work.
I applaud all of you for your willingness to take up this pension issue and specifically salute Supervisors Herrity and Cook for their relentless pursuit of pension reform. The County’s pension problem will only get worse if unaddressed, and it will eventually destroy not only the county’s fiscal solvency but the quality of life for county residents.
I strongly urge the Board to muster the political resolve to do the right and responsible thing—to approve all of the proposed reforms before you today as a start toward fixing this pension problem and ensuring fiscal solvency for the Fairfax County Government in the future.
RNC Committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar to Address SexEd
FCRC Meeting: 7:30 PM, Tuesday, November 13
The 2018 elections are history—time to focus on the 2019 local elections, including the 12-person Fairfax County School Board.
With that in mind, come out and listen to public education expert Cynthia Dunbar discuss the egregious attacks against our liberty, including the attack on our freedom to decide what our children will be taught, at our next FCRC meeting scheduled for 7:30 – 8:45 PM on Tuesday, November 13, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Auditorium, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312.
A renowned speaker and one of Virginia’s two representatives on the Republican National Committee (RNC), Ms. Dunbar will speak on “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.” She will address ongoing battles parents face, including Fairfax County Public Schools’ Instructional Services Department (ISD) and its Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum as well as the new assault on our children’s innocence through the potential for exposure to graphic pornography through academic databases.
These are just a few reasons why she drafted and sponsored the RNC resolution requiring a proactive opt-in by parents prior to any child being exposed to such salacious sexual content. The RNC unanimously adopted this resolution.
VOTE CANVASS – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – 9:00 AM
The Election will not be completed on Election Day. On Wednesday, November 7, the election continues with a Vote Canvass of the results reported on election night from the precincts.
The Vote Canvass consists of a detailed review of the paperwork submitted from each precinct to determine that the reported results are correct. (Only the paperwork is examined and the paper ballots are not recounted).
Occasionally, mathematical and transcription errors will be found and the results from a precinct will be changed. In a close election, this could influence the overall results, so this Canvass is critical.
Virginia law states the two political parties are allowed to observe the senior Election Officers who will be conducting the paperwork reviews. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO OBSERVE THIS PAPERWORK REVIEW FOR THE FCRC to ensure that this work is done properly. We will provide instructions to the volunteers, detailing the process and identifying the critical information that must be correct.
The Vote Canvass will be in the Conference Center Room 2/3 on the main floor of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax 22035.
It will start at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 7. The Canvass will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon and then resume at 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. It may continue on to Thursday, if needed.
GOP Voter Turnout in Fairfax County Will Determine the Outcome of Senate & Congressional Elections
Let’s Do Our Part in Continuing Today’s American Prosperity
Election Day is upon us. Our dedicated, energetic, and hard-working candidates have made the case that Republican ideas, policies, and governing practices—individual and property rights, tax cuts, strong defense, secure borders, protection of the unborn, and constitutionally observant justices—will continue the new era of unprecedented American prosperity.And the Democrats have continued to advance the failed policies of high spending and taxation, open borders, government intrusion into individual lives, identify politics, and social experimentation in our educational institutions.
Now is the time for Republicans to surge to the polls and demonstrate commitment to the Republican principles of individual liberty, constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and strong defense.
Republicans must turn out and vote for our GOP candidates or our country, our state, and our county will suffer the effects of
Praying for Victory 2018
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and his men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the city for 6 days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city 7 times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear the taunts from Jericho citizens above? They saw the overwhelming wall up close. Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized their only hope for victory would come from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to Him in prayer for victory?
Today we need God to halt the momentum of the Democrats (especially in Fairfax Co.) We also need Him to help stop the invasion at our southern border. He can also crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho.
These midterm elections will determine who controls the House and Senate. We must hold our majority. Countless angry groups like Resist have galvanized to win this election using many tricks. Distortions and open lies saturate our media. People need to recognize truth when they see or hear it.
Please commit to praying daily for this important election until all the ballots have been counted. Please add anything else the Lord may lay on your heart.
Pollwatching Training Classes this Week
Help Republicans Ensure Integrity of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections
Sign Up for FCRC or RPV Republican Pollwatching Training
The Preferred Method of Pollwatching Training. The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) and its volunteers must actively participate in efforts to ensure the integrity of the election process. Republicans who serve as county Election Officers are the first line of defense against electoral fraud. They provide the direct operational support on Election Day at the polls, and their willingness to serve is greatly appreciated. Republicans who serve as Party Pollwatchers are the second line of defense. Pollwatchers, officially recognized by Virginia law, are charged with observing the process from inside the polling place and with challenging situations where Virginia law is not being followed.
FCRC has supported the Pollwatching effort since 2012 by conducting training classes and offering a companion Virginia Pollwatchers Guide. These vehicles are updated annually to reflect election law changes. The purpose of these efforts has been
FCRC Pep Rally Breakfast
Featuring E.W. Jackson as Guest Speaker
9:30 – 11:30 AM, Saturday, October 27
Pender Professional Center
3901 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033
Join Virginia’s most inspiring orator, Pastor E.W. Jackson, and fellow Republicans at a pre-election pep rally to root on our candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. See Mr. Jackson’s bio and the event announcement below.
REGISTER FOR THE FCRC PEP RALLY BREAKFAST HERE
The continued success of the Trump Administration in making America great again rests on the GOP maintaining control of both houses of Congress. That’s only possible if Republicans get out and vote for Republican candidates