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
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, but you may not be able to get to the polls. Registered voters have until Saturday, November 3 to apply and vote in-person absentee. Details from the Virginia Department of Elections concerning absentee voting can be found HERE .
Locations in Fairfax County where you may vote early are as follows:
Fairfax County Government Center located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, 22035
October 15-November 2: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-7:00pm
October 6-November 3: Saturdays, 9:00am-5:00pm
Fairfax County Satellite Locations through November 3 :
6121 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
2124, 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA 22079
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101
2511 Parkers Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306
1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston, VA 20190
3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031
4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151
6140 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, VA 22152
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
Please Come Out and Support Corey Stewart
The November 6 mid-term elections are only a week away. Now is the time for all Republicans to pitch in and support all four of our candidates in Fairfax County as they make their final push to win their races.
One way to show support for Senatorial candidate Corey Stewart is to attend one or both of his events in Fairfax County this week. See the announcements below.
Corey has conducted a vigorous campaign to defeat Senator Tim Kaine, with recent polls showing him narrowing the gap between him and the incumbent. A strong push in this final week could very well produce the political earthquake that Virginia Republicans seek.
Please make the time to support Corey at one of the two events listed
You are invited to a Meet & Greet with Jeff Dove
Republican candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District
Friday, November 2nd
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
697 Spring Street, Herndon, VA 20170
This is a great chance to meet Jeff Dove and learn ways that you can help in the last few days before the election. If you are unable to join us but interested in learning about ways to get involved please click HERE.
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
The Fairfax County Republican Committee wants to remind you that early voting is still available for those of us who cannot be present during regular voting hours on Election Day, November 6th.
There are 20 situations where you can qualify for early voting, and you may use this link for a complete list of times and places where early voting is available: https://fairfaxgop.org/its-early-voting-time/
Show your support for our Republican candidates:
- Corey Stewart for US Senate
- Thomas Oh for Representative from the 8th District of Virginia
- Barbara Comstock for Representative from the 10th District of Virginia
- Jeff Dove for Representative from the 11th District of Virginia
If you want to return civility to American politics, if you were disgusted at the way Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated during his confirmation hearings, if you are tired of the violence and threats against Conservatives, then make your voice heard loud and clear: VOTE!
The application to vote absentee can be found HERE.
today announced its endorsement of Corey Stewart for election in Virginia to the United States Senate.
“Corey Stewart is a conservative champion who has spent his political career serving as the 5-time elected at-large Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, representing the 2nd largest locality of Virginia.
Due to Corey’s hard work Prince William County is ranked the #1 locality in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.
Corey passed the largest tax cut in the county’s history, leading to a 30% lower tax bill than any other locality in Northern Virginia, while continuing to hire more teachers, police officers, fire-firefighters, and investing in infrastructure, leading the largest local road building program in Virginia and their businesses can grow.
Due to Corey’s hard work Prince William County is ranked the #1 locality in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.
Their families can thrive in safety and security. Corey has implemented the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration, resulting in the county turning over more than 8,000 criminal illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), leading to a 48.7% drop in violent crime, protecting the number one victims of illegal alien gang crime, the Latino community.
Corey has a strong record defending life, protecting our Second Amendment, and supporting conservative solutions have improved countless lives in Prince William County.
Corey will fight in the U.S. Senate for the America First agenda, stand with President Trump, and conservative values we share.
That’s why we stand proudly with Corey and endorse his candidacy,” said RNHA-VA Chairwoman Jo-Ann Chase.