We commenced the 2017 General Assembly facing a $1.2 billion state budget shortfall and over 2,900 bills and resolutions to review. I am pleased to report that after working tirelessly to strengthen Virginia’s economy to help middle class families, improve our education system so all children can succeed, and chart a responsible fiscal course for the future, we adjourned the 2017 General Assembly on time on Saturday.
In just 46 days we not only closed the budget shortfall, but also provided our valued state police, state employees and teachers with raises, passed major initiatives geared towards stimulating economic growth, improving education, making college more affordable and attacking the opioid crisis.
I also carried several pieces of legislation and introduced budget amendments aimed at addressing our region’s need to adapt to flooding, provide mental health support for psychiatric patients, protect young children from substance abuse, restore inflation inpatient hospital payments to CHKD, and restore funds for care coordination for our senior citizens.
I continue to focus my efforts on offering a positive governing vision for our Commonwealth. I have included a short summary of key highlights by subject to provide you with a general session overview. The General Assembly will reconvene on April 5th to take action on any budget item or bill amended or vetoed by the Governor.
We are now back in the district office, so please call my district telephone at (757) 633-2080 or email me at email@example.com should you need assistance with a state agency or would like to share your thoughts on an issue. I also invite you to connect with me on social media or visit my website at https://ChrisStolle.com.
It is an honor and a privilege to represent you in the House of Delegates.