May 13th, 2016
Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 680 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $11.09 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 28 months in office.
Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success. This week was focused on how we invest in our education systems so all Virginians have the opportunities to succeed.
The Governor’s Top 5
Governor McAuliffe Announces Historic Financial Aid Package
- DETAILS: The new budget includes the single largest financial aid package in the history of the Commonwealth, investing over $55 million. The announcement was made at Norfolk State University to kick off Education Week in the Commonwealth.
- Video: “Governor McAuliffe announces historic higher education budget”
- “It is our job to make sure that all students, regardless of background or economic status, have the same opportunity for academic achievement and successful careers … we are serious about reducing the financial burdens on our students, and this is where we start” - Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Gov. Terry McAuliffe touts higher education spending at Norfolk State University – The Virginian-Pilot
- Gov. McAuliffe gives remarks on higher education budget at NSU – WVEC (Norfolk)
- Gov. McAuliffe talks higher education funding, restoring voter rights at Norfolk State – WAVY (Norfolk)
- Gov. McAuliffe discusses higher education budget at NSU (Norfolk)
Governor signs Transformative High School Redesign Bill
- DETAILS: The bill overhauls our high school graduation requirements, helping students develop transferable skills into the workorce and making high school more relevant to the working world. Under the direction of the State Board of Education, the new changes will also encourage more industry professionals to help teach career and technical skills.
- “Our high schools don’t work the way they should any more. They were built for the Industrial Revolution. We now live in a 21st-century economy. Our students deserve much better and I know that our high schools can do so much more than they’ve done.”- Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Va. Governor moves to upend traditional high school – The Washington Post
- Governor signs legislation to transform Va. high school graduation requirements – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- McAuliffe signs bill that examines high school education structure – The Roanoke Times
- McAuliffe signs bills at Wakefield HS – ArlingtonNow
Governor Releases Comprehensive Statistics regarding Restoration of Rights
- What are the details of this announcement?
- "If we are going to build a stronger and more equal Virginia, we must break down barriers to participation in civic life for people who return to society seeking a second chance. We must welcome them back and offer the opportunity to build a better life by taking an active role in our democracy." - Governor Terry McAuliffe.
- McAuliffe study: Nearly 80 percent of felons allowed to vote were non-violent – The Washington Post
- McAuliffe says 79 percent of felons whose rights were restored committed nonviolent crimes – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Restored felon stats: half white, 79 percent non-violent – The Daily Press
- McAuliffe says blanket rights restoration was his ‘greatest day as governor’ – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- McAuliffe hold town hall on Restoration of Rights – WVIR (Richmond)
First Lady McAuliffe works with ‘Step It Up’ program, Marine Corp. Half Marathon, to promote Walkability in Virginia
DETAILS: The First Lady partnered with the YMCA in Petersburg and attended the Marine Corp. Half Marathon in Fredericksburg to promote walking for healthier lifestyles throughout the Commonwealth.
“Many [youth] do not have the opportunity to walk because they do not feel like it is safe to walk. There are a lot of people who care … we really care about [our children] because they are our future.” – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
- First lady of Virginia visits elementary school in Suffolk – The Virginian-Pilot
- First Lady of Virginia helps introduce ‘Thank-a-Teacher’ campaign – WTKR (Hampton Roads)
- First Lady McAuliffe Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week at Suffolk School – HR Scene (WAVY)
Governor McAuliffe Announces Overdose-Reversing Drug to be Available at all CVS Stores in Virginia
DETAILS: The Governor announced that the opioid overdose-reversing drug Naloxone will be available at all CVS stores in Virginia, calling this a critical step in combating opioid deaths. Additional laws in Virginia also make the drug available for public safety personnel to use in emergency situations.
“CVS Health’s decision to make naloxone available without a prescription at all of its Virginia locations is a welcome and important step that will save lives here in Virginia.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe
In Case You Missed It
- A Second Chance and the Right to Vote – The New York Times
- Restoring Virginians’ voting rights – The Washington Post
- Area group mobilize to register former inmates to vote – The Richmond Free Press
- Does math make sense in picking transportation projects? – The Washington Post
- Governor’s wife comes to Suffolk to thank state’s teachers – The Virginian Pilot
- Civic groups are rushing to register newly eligible ex-offenders in Virginia – Huffington Post