Prior to getting into the top 5 this week, Governor and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe ask all Virginians to keep the family of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer in their thoughts and prayers. The Governor released the following statement on his passing:

"Dorothy and I are heartbroken by the senseless death of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer, who died serving in the line of duty today in Richmond. Like so many brave Virginia men and women, Trooper Dermyer put on a uniform and risked his life every day to keep us safe, first as a U.S. Marine and then as a police officer. He was a husband, a father and a hero who was taken from us too soon. 

"This is a loss that impacts us all. It should inspire prayers for the family, friends and fellow troopers who are mourning tonight, and gratitude for those who protect and serve. And as we grieve, we should also reflect, yet again, on how we can come together as a Commonwealth to end the senseless violence that costs the lives of too many mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters."

April 1st, 2016

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 634 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $10.94 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 26 months in office.

Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success. This week was about Virginia uniting to reject divisive and discriminatory legislation. We can't build on our success if we build walls around our state.

The Governor’s Top 5

  1. Governor McAuliffe vetoes SB41 on WTOP's 'Ask the Governor' radio show

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • “I have said since day one, that I would veto any legislation that infringed on the rights of the LGBT community. This bill would have also harmed our on-going efforts to bring jobs to Virginia. If we want to continue to build the new Virginia economy we can't allow discriminatory practices. As long as I'm Governor, Virginia will be open to everyone,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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  2. Governor McAuliffe on vetoing HB1090: "When I ran for Governor I said I was going to be a brick wall on any legislation limiting women’s rights."

    Take aways:

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  3. First Lady speaks to the importance of combating child hunger at 2016 Food Summit

    Take aways:

    • Watch a portion of the First Lady's remarks here
    • "In Virginia, it is staggering...we have over 300,000 children who live in food-insecure households. No child in our state or nation should suffer the shame, the indignity and the physical symptoms of hunger and malnutrition. We believe that school nutrition is as critical to the instructional day, as important to the child's ability to learn, as school books, teachers, laptops. We cannot expect our children to be hungry for knowledge if they are just plain hungry," said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.
    • Between 2008 and 2015, the number of students in the state eligible for free or reduced school meals rose by over 30 percent.
    • The First Lady noted the governor also introduced legislation this year to provide a state income tax credit to farmers who donate produce they grow to food banks.
    • The biennial budget passed by the legislature also includes funding for new positions at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to support organic production and help farmers market products.
  4. A major health care company expands its manufacturing operation in Rockingham County by investing $168 million.

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, a global health care leader, will invest $168 million to expand its manufacturing operation near the Town of Elkton in Rockingham County.
    • Over a period of time, Merck will upgrade plant infrastructure, add manufacturing-related facilities and equipment, and undertake a personnel training initiative to support the bioprocessing environment.
    • "Virginia is proud to be a partner to this extraordinary leader in the biopharmaceutical industry. Our existing businesses are key to building a new Virginia economy, and we remain committed to these corporate citizens as they make the investments necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy." – Governor McAuliffe

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  5. Governor McAuliffe vetoes legislation usurping local authority on immigration matters

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • “This bill does nothing other than subject non-citizens in legal disputes with federal immigration officials to inequitable treatment.  The debate surrounding this bill confirms that it is intended to communicate a sense that non-citizens are to be feared and should be treated as more dangerous than other persons. Rather than stoking irrational fears of non-citizens present in the Commonwealth, the General Assembly should be focused on substantive policies to improve public safety in Virginia.” – Governor Terry McAuliffe

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What They Are Saying

  • "If today's public wants one thing out of its political leaders - jobs - McAuliffe has made job creation his urgent overriding goal, and he has succeeded in bringing new plants and industry into the state, coming from as far away as China. He has traveled extensively throughout the world to sell Virginia’s goods and get investments." – Huffington Post
  • On the historic gun safety deal: "McAuliffe should be the darling of those who want stricter laws. He changed the landscape of the debate..." – Harry Wilson (Professor of Roanoke College)

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