I recently was interviewed on VCTA Cable Reports. If you don’t have time to watch the entire interview, here are some of the key points discussed:
- Northern Virginia’s economy needs to diversify. After 9/11 many jobs became dependent on federal funding.
- Over the past 6 years, the bipartisan effort of the Northern Virginian delegation delivered 544 more dollars per child in Fairfax County Public Schools in comparison to 95% of the other districts who cut funding. To maintain our high educational standards, we need to keep our money in Fairfax County.
- The Composite Index of Local Ability to Pay determines if a locality has enough money to fund their schools. Localities who do not meet the standards receive funding from the state. In 2013, the component of the index that factored the Standard of Living was removed. It costs much more to live and work in Fairfax County and if this is not taken into consideration, we lose a substantial amount of funding. We are currently working hard to get this component back into the index.
- In 2013, the Transportation Bill was enacted to solve the transportation problem of Virginia. We now have the funds to tackle the issue but there are still implementation problems. For example, we want all NOVA Transportation projects to focus on moving bodies rather than insignificant matters like heated bus seats. Also if we decide to improve our section of Metro, we want to get above and beyond the normal funding to account for DC and Maryland Metro lines who may take a portion of our funding. Essentially we are trying to close the loopholes that are presently in the bill.
- I am not absolutely against the program but before I can support it, I need to make sure that we do not get stuck with billions of dollars in medical bills if the federal government decides to walk away.
If you would like to watch the full interview, this is the link: