March 24th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 902 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia worth $15.63 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 37 months in office.Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success.

The Governor’s Top 5

    1. Governor McAuliffe Breaks Veto Record Working to Keep Virginia Open and Welcoming

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      • “We should be pursuing policies to make Virginia a more vibrant and welcoming place to live, work, and raise a family, said Governor McAuliffe. “Senate Bill 1324 would accomplish the opposite by making Virginia unwelcome to same-sex couples, while artificially engendering a sense of fear and persecution among our religious communities.”

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    2. Governor McAuliffe Proposes Amendment to Prioritize Virginia’s Environment

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      • “My administration is committed to protecting water quality and drinking water sources for residents throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia as we address the closure of coal ash impoundments. While I support the Department of Environmental Quality’s approach to addressing this issue and the agency is currently following the path laid out under state law and federal regulations, there has been tremendous public concern and outreach on this topic. As such, I am proposing amendments to Senate Bill 1398 that will provide the public with more information on the costs and benefits, risks, and recycling options for coal ash before a final decision on the permits is reached. My hope is that this additional process will increase the public’s confidence in the path that Virginia ultimately takes,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    3. Dorothy McAuliffe Joins 100-plus Rally Against Trump’s Plan to Defund Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts

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      • “That $73 million sounds like a big number,” McAuliffe said before adding, “but in the scope of our federal budget is a small number that has made a huge impact here over the last few decades. The health and welfare of our bay is a tremendous economic asset here in Virginia..” 
    4. Governor McAuliffe Proposes Budget Amendment to Alleviate Financial Burden of Hampton Roads Toll Violation Collections Process

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      • “The recent actions by the Macquarie-Skanska partnership are the epitome of bad corporate citizenship,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Macquarie-Skanska partnership is charging amounts greater than $2,200 for first-time toll violators. They are settling out of court at amounts far greater than the limits set in the agreement we made in 2015 to eliminate tolling on the MLK Freeway Extension and in 2016 legislation. This is a violation of the spirit of our agreement and further undermines the partnership’s standing in the Hampton Roads region.”

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    5. Governor McAuliffe Announces Independent Review of WMATA

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      • “We all know WMATA has faced some very serious problems over the past few years, and we need to take a hard look at where we can reform the agency to better support the region’s residents and its economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I have the utmost confidence in Secretary LaHood and I will support the recommendations that result from this top-to-bottom independent review. It’s long past time to make smart reforms that ensure WMATA’s financial stability and long-term success.”  
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