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Delegate Edmunds participated in the ribbon cutting May 23, at the South Boston Early Learning Center, for the broadband initiative between Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and the Tobacco Commission to commemorate connecting the first 100 student households to broadband internet.
The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its 46-day 2017 session Saturday, but not before budget conferees agreed on a $107 billion state budget, a portion of which will boost funding for the Halifax County School System.
Halifax County School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon said she had a conference call with budget conferee Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason on Friday concerning the additional school funding and was assured the county school division had done all that was necessary to receive funding to cover a 2 percent pay raise given to employees in the fall.
According to Herndon, the state budget provides $32 million for salary increases that will cover the 2 percent raise given to county teachers in the current budget cycle.
We have reached the final week of the 2017 General Assembly session. All introduced bills have been addressed. If you have a particular bill that you want to know the status, please go to http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and type in the bill number in the box provided. From there, you can trace the history of all actions taken.
This week, Speaker Bill Howell announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year. His leadership ability was hailed on the floor of the House for over an hour from both Republicans and Democrats. It has been my privilege to serve under such a good leader for the past eight years. I wish him well. He will be sorely missed.
Delegate Kirk Cox, from Colonial Beach, has been named the next speaker. Delegate Cox should continue in the same leadership style as Speaker Howell.
Recent Graduates Have Found Career Success As a Result of the Program
Richmond, VA – The SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence recently welcomed its second group of 8 students into the Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics program. The hands on training at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) prepares students for a career in many industries including mechanical, electrical, computer software/control engineering (PLCs) to design and manufacture products. Students will come away from the training ready to earn valuable industry credentials such as Siemens Level 1 Certification. Students can then go on to earn Siemens level 2 certification and SVHEC is working with Siemens to create the only North American location for Siemens level 3 training and certification.
This is the fourth week of session and the pace, quite frankly, has been frantic at times! As of today the House has completed 24 of the 46 days of the 2017 session. On Sunday, February 5th, the committees responsible for the budget bills will unveil their complete proposals. Two important deadlines will happen next week. Tuesday is Crossover, the deadline that each chamber must complete work on bills that originated in their respective chamber. Thursday the House will vote on our version of the budget.
The building has seen hundreds of visitors this week, all lobbying for their particular causes so it has been difficult to navigate throughout the building.