This month, the Republican Party of Virginia proudly joins our fellow citizens to celebrate the rich history and enduring contributions of Black Americans to our great Commonwealth and nation. Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the accomplishments and legacies of so many African-Americans, and it is an opportunity to reflect on the struggles of so many throughout our state’s history.
In our pursuit of a more perfect union, our party will continue to stand for personal freedom as a beacon of light that signals that our beloved Commonwealth is open and welcoming to all.
It would be a mistake to believe that last week’s election was a temporary, aberrant blip.
Virginians sent a message to the nation that our state is not ideologically bound to a party, but to the people, ALL of its people.
Since this seismic occurrence, I have had people ask me how this could have happened in this “blue” state.
I, long ago, described VA as being “purple”.
The inequities relative to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia continue in 2021.
Little, if anything, has EVER been done by the state for Virginia Union, Hampton, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Jim Dyke, my Secretary of Education, and I wrote a letter to Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of legislative leaders in June 2021.
Did you know that Democrats on the Board of Supervisors are getting ready to authorize collective bargaining with government unions in Fairfax County? It is often said that “all politics is local.” Well, nothing is more local than this. Collective bargaining is now by far the single greatest threat to our county’s future – it would significantly degrade government services over time, even as the costs for those services would soar.
Twenty-eight years after Governor Doug Wilder signed it into law, the Virginia General Assembly lifted the ban on public sector collective bargaining. As of May 1st, localities in Virginian could give government unions a monopoly to represent all employees at a particular worksite.
However, the law passed in Richmond is unique from other states as it sets virtually no guidelines on what government unions can bargain over and how they can be formed.