Clean Energy in Virginia

This year the EPA hopes to have the Clean Power Plan adopted and implemented in our state. Virginia has already been making progress towards being more efficient and environmentally friendly state. On a personal note, I am a big fan of clean energy. I use a geothermal system to heat and cool my house.

Virginia is home to a large amount of “renewable” and clean energy systems. Currently, Dominion power is working to make more of their facilities clean power plants, and has already closed 17 coal plants. The Dominion Power wind farms in the West Virginia Mountains supply power to Virginia. They can power 62,000 homes. Of course the problem with wind is that it only works when it is windy, so it is at full capacity only 30% of the time. Dominion has three biomass conversions plants. They mostly burn wood chips left over from lumbering activities. Biomass is also often done with switch grass. They produce a total of 153 Mega Watts. Each MW powers 250 homes, so these biomass facilities power the equivalent of 38,250 homes. In the future, Dominion is looking toward solar power. There is an application with the State Corporation Commission to build a 33 MW solar facility. The problem with solar power at our latitude and climate is that it will only be available 20% of the time. Finally, Dominion is presently pursuing grants for offshore wind.

Most importantly, under the Clean Power Plan, Virginia plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 38%.

ICYMI: Information regarding the expansion of Rolling Road

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Albo Endorsed by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

I am very happy to announce that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federations AgPAC has announced that they will support me in my candidacy for the House of Delegates election this year! The VFBF chooses candidates with an understanding of the importance of farmers and agriculture in our state. It works to ensure that dedicated farmers are supported and treated fairly by the government. I am happy to support the hard working men and women who help our Virginia agriculture and economy continue to grow.

Virginia’s K-12 Educational Funding Framework

Over my years as a Delegate, I’ve received a few questions on how K-12 school funding works. Recently Virginia Tech sent me a great article explaining the process, from where the money comes from, to emerging issues that could affect the funding policy. If you’re interested I would highly recommend taking a look, it’s only about two pages long.

Click here to read the entire article.

There is still time to help LCAC!

22 Teens Need Your Help

There are 22 middle and high school teens who need backpacks, can you help? Our Back2School outreach is this weekend and we want to be able to help all 525+ students who signed up to receive school supplies through LCAC.

Students start the year feeling more prepared for success when they have a new backpack full of everything they need to start classes. View the 8th grade and high school supply lists.

If you are able to help these students, backpacks can be dropped off at:

The LCAC this week for drop off between 8:30-4:30

Sentara Advanced Imaging Center (by Glory Days Grill) until Thursday, August 20

The Moose Family Center on Saturday, August 22 from 10:00-12:00

For more info: click here.

LCAC’s “Back 2 School” Drive

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This afternoon, my staff and I dropped off backpacks and school supplies at the Lorton Community Action Center. Each year, LCAC hosts a “Back to School” Drive to collect school supplies for low income families in Southeast Fairfax County.

If you want to help, there are still students that need supplies. You can “adopt a student” and sign up to donate supplies here.

Obamacare’s Medicaid Enrollment Explosion: A Looming Fiscal Nightmare For States

I wanted to share a recent article from Forbes Magazine titled “Obamacare’s Medicaid Enrollment Explosion: A Looming Fiscal Nightmare For States.”

If you have a chance to read it, you may find some of the statistics extremely interesting. One being that Medicaid expansion enrollment rates are 91% higher than what was anticipated. In addition, in 2017 the enhanced federal funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion starts to fade away and states will have to pick up their share of the expense. As it turns out, this “free money” does cost something!

Click here for the entire article.

House Bill 1635 – Internet Defamation

Andaleeb Geloo, aka “Andi”, is an extremely friendly and hard-working attorney at the Fairfax County Courthouse. However, in 2013 Andi was going about her regular business when a former client alerted her to some malicious comments made about her on FairfaxUnderground. To Andi’s discovery, some anonymous writers posted terribly untrue sexist, racist, and rude comments about her.

As most in her position would, Andi set out to find the real identities of the anonymous people unjustly attacking her over the internet. Unfortunately, certain IP addresses can be masked; making Andi’s task much more difficult than she had anticipated. After finally gathering enough information to conduct a lawsuit, Andi ran into a wall; an outdated statute of limitations that prohibited her from following through with the case because her online defamation had occurred more than one year from the time of the suit.

Andi didn’t let this dissuade her. She decided to try and change the law. Andi then came to me and together we wrote HB 1635, which states that if a person files a suit within a year, but is unable to identify the attackers by name, the suit will not be dismissed while he/she awaits the information on the identity of the internet attackers.

Check out this article in the New York Times highlighting Andi and her story!

Albo and Andi Geloo looking at billHere is a picture of me and Andi in front of the General Assembly building this year after our bill was passed into law.

Judge Jane Roush is named Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Governor McAuliffe has officially named veteran Fairfax County circuit judge Jane Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court. Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. will be stepping down on July 31st. I attended the press conference in Richmond today with other legislators to voice our support for her appointment.

Judge Jane Roush has served on the Circuit Court for Fairfax County since 1993. Her 22 years on the bench have earned her a statewide reputation for fairness, thoughtfulness, and her ability to handle complex and high-profile cases. Her support from bar associations, public safety professionals, and many others made her the best candidate for the position. Judge Roush has overseen many major cases, including a multimillion-dollar kyanite mining case and the 2002 Beltway sniper tragedy.

This is great for Fairfax County to have someone on the Supreme Court. She has done such a great job in our circuit court and I look forward to seeing her as the third female member on the seven person panel. I really respect Judge Roush and can’t wait to see her do great things on the Virginia Supreme Court!

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ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion Is Blowing Up

I wanted to share the following article published yesterday by Investors.com. I have pasted the article below, but you can view it online here.

Welfare: During the debates on ObamaCare, Medicaid got little attention. That was a mistake, since enrollment and the cost of treating all those jumping onto the program is surging beyond expectations.

At first, ObamaCare tried to force states to expand eligibility for Medicaid by including childless adults and people with incomes 38% above the poverty line. In 2012, the Supreme Court blocked this attempt, making expansion optional for states.

Two dozen states immediately took the bait, lured by the promise the federal government would pay 100% of costs in the first three years and 90% for the newly eligible on into the future. Several more have joined since.

An analysis by the Associated Press finds that this was short-sighted folly. At least 14 of these states have seen enrollment surge unexpectedly, forcing at least half to increase their cost estimates. And we’re not talking about a few percentage points.

• In Kentucky, more than twice as many signed up for Medicaid than the state had projected. That’s forced Kentucky to more than double its projected Medicaid costs for 2017.

• In California, almost 2.3 million enrolled — nearly triple what the state planned on. Today, 1 in 3 Californians are on Medicaid.

• In Ohio, Medicaid costs more than doubled after Republican Gov. John Kasich decided to expand the program, and Michigan’s shot up 50%, the AP reports.

Overall, Medicaid rolls climbed a stunning 28% in these expansion states.

At the same time, these new enrollees are costing far more to treat than expected.

Instead of costing slightly less than those currently on the program, new enrollees’ health costs were 19% higher, a government report found.

For the left, none of this really matters, since the goal all along has been to get as many people dependent on government for health care as possible. Which is why the Obama administration is busy putting increasing pressure on the holdout states to get in line.

For those who thought expanding Medicaid would save states money, these developments should be deeply troubling.

Medicaid is already the single biggest program on state budgets, and its explosive growth has started to crowd out basic needs like education. This will only get worse as the full effects of ObamaCare’s Medicaid plan emerge.

Incredibly, despite these warning signs, even some Republicans who until now had resisted Medicaid’s expansion are going wobbly.

In April, Montana’s Republican-controlled legislature approved Medicaid expansion. They’re waiting on the feds to approve some waivers to the program before it can take effect.

Utah is looking for a way to do the same.

To some degree, you can excuse those Republicans who decided to boost their Medicaid rolls for not knowing exactly what they were getting themselves into. But any governor who does so now, in the face of this hard evidence, is being irresponsible.

They’re also taking the nation a big step closer to the left’s ultimate goal of a single-payer system.