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.”
Come out and join entrepreneur businessman and former Delegate Joe May, the Republican candidate for State Senator in Virginia’s 33d Senate District, as he kicks off his campaign to fill the seat being vacated by Democratic State Senator Jennifer Wexton when she moves to the House of Representatives in January.
The campaign kick-off will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 8, in the Joe May for Virginia Campaign HQ, 604 King Street, Suite 101A, Leesburg VA.
Mr. May won the Republican nomination at a Republican mass meeting held on November 18 and will square off against current House Delegate from the 86th District Jennifer Boysko in a special election scheduled for January 8.
The 33d Senate District covers parts of Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Registered voters in the following Fairfax County precincts can vote in the election:
Hunter Mill District: McNair, Frying Pan
Sully District: Carson, Franklin, Brookfield
Show your support for Republican candidate Joe May as he seeks to wrest a State Senate seat away from the Democrats.
Paid for and Authorized by Fairfax County Republican Committee and Not Authorized by Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee
By Cathy Ruse; Published on November 7, 2018 by The Stream
One of the most liberal school systems in the country wants parents to know that boys and girls are built differently. Except when that truth is not politically convenient.
The Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board announced an upcoming workshop for parents. It’s called “Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter.” The workshop will feature child psychologists discussing how “girls and boys learn differently.” Apparently, “rapidly emerging research” shows that “the brains of females and males are developmentally, structurally and functionally different.”
But, do they really mean this? After all, this is the school board that voted to teach children that biological sex is meaningless.
A Search-and-Destroy Mission
Last spring by a vote of 10-2, the nation’s 10th largest school system made a search-and-destroy mission through its 80 hours of Sex Ed (per student). Every reference to human beings having a “biological sex” of male or female was removed. Children are now taught that “sex is assigned at birth” and subject to change.
Why do we have walls? Obviously, either to keep something or somebody out of an area or to confine them to an area. They have been with us since recorded history.
The Walls of Jericho kept residents safe until the traitor, Rahab, let the enemy in to wreak destruction. The Great Wall of China was very effective until technology overtook it. Hadrian’s wall in what is now Great Britain was very successful in keeping out invaders from the north. Castles in Europe were, essentially, walled compounds for the elite. There is a wall down the center of Belfast, Ireland that put an end to “the troubles” in that City, and there is a very effective wall Israel has constructed along its border with the Gaza Strip. All these walls were designed to keep people out.
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.
Support Pension Reform at Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
4:30 PM, Tuesday, November 20 in the Board Auditorium
Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
After years of delay, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is finally ready to make changes to the County’s unsustainable pension plan. In response to the untiring efforts of Republican Supervisors Pat Herrity and John Cook, the Democrat-dominated Board has finally agreed to consider reducing benefits instead of raising taxes.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on pension reform at its meeting scheduled for 4:30 PM, Tuesday, November 20, in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Please attend the hearing to applaud speakers who favor sustainable budgets and/or to present your views on this subject.
The Pension Problem. Fairfax County pension plans, which have a $2.2 billion unfunded liability, are unsustainable. Since 2000, county spending on pensions has increased 244% while the number of county employees increased by only 11%. While most private-sector employees no longer get pensions, a county employee with 30 years can retire at age 55 with 90% of salary. Private employers contribute 3% or 4% of an employee’s salary to a 401K, but Fairfax County contributes 27% of salary to the employee’s pension plan.
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