This is is my 3rd cousin, little Hunter Bear, pitching in his all-star game down in ATL. Take that Chipper.
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To its core, all we have in our lives is our word. The fact that we can trust friends and business relationships is a must in a civilized society. Why do some take trust so lightly? I don’t get it.
On a lighter note, the weather is beautiful in HRVA! I’m thinking we pull the t-tops out of the ZX and ride. What are you up to this weekend?
Governor McDonnell Ceremonially Signs Virginia’s Historic Bi-Partisan Transportation Funding Bill
~Legislation Provides Over $3.4 Billion in Statewide Funding, $1.5 Billion for Northern Virginia, and $1 Billion for Hampton Roads Over Next 5 Years Alone~
~Reduces Prices at the Pump While Providing Virginia’s First New Dedicated, Sustainable Revenue for Transportation in 27 Years~
~At Signing, Governor Announces New Chmura Economics Report Finding New Spending on Construction Will Annually Sustain 13,058 Jobs and Have $9.5 Billion in Economic Impact~
***McDonnell: “This may technically be transportation legislation, but at the end of the day, it’s a jobs bill.”***
RICHMOND – Today, surrounded by legislators and community and transportation leaders from across the Commonwealth, Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed Virginia’s Road to the Future (HB 2313), the state’s first comprehensive transportation funding plan approved in 27 years. Following on the heels of nearly three decades of inaction on the critical challenges facing transportation funding in Virginia, this historic bi-partisan legislation supported by Republicans and Democrats from each chamber will provide more than $3.4 billion in additional statewide transportation funding, more than $1.5 billion in additional funding for Northern Virginia, and more than $1 billion in additional funding for Hampton Roads, over the next five years alone.
“For 27 years our citizens have sat in traffic as congestion has increased and our bridges and roadways have deteriorated,” said Governor McDonnell. “For 27 years our citizens and businesses have demanded solutions. For 27 years, Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly failed to reach an agreement on this critical issue. However, we stand here today, thanks to the leadership and support of Speaker Howell and a broad bi-partisan coalition of legislators, business leaders and citizens, to celebrate this historic achievement. Not only will this legislation address both the short and long-term funding needs of our transportation system, it will also annually sustain 13,058 new jobs, have more than $9.5 billion in economic impact, and improve Virginians’ quality of life. Instead of sitting in traffic, our citizens will be able to spend more time with their families enjoying the many benefits this great Commonwealth has to offer. Most importantly, this legislation will ensure that Virginia’s economy can grow in the years ahead, and that businesses will have the infrastructure they need to create the good-paying jobs Virginians deserve. This may technically be transportation legislation, but at the end of the day, it’s a jobs bill.
“When we put forward our comprehensive transportation funding plan this year, we called for three fundamental changes to how Virginia funds transportation, all based on conservative fiscal policy. First, we called for a reduction or elimination of our dependence on an archaic, outdated gasoline tax in the decades ahead. Second, we called for tying future transportation funding to the far more sustainable sales tax. Third, we called for treating transportation like the true core function of government that it is, one essential to economic growth and job creation in our state. While the final bill was in some ways different than our original proposal, it met all three of the goals we established. The final product is the very essence of compromise in that this legislation has components some will like, and components others may dislike. That’s the nature of any true compromise. Our success demonstrates that both parties – be it here in the Commonwealth or up in Washington – can still achieve a great deal when partisan differences are put to the side and we work collaboratively toward the solutions our citizens demand. This bill is crucial to the future growth of Virginia’s economy, and this is a great day for job-creation in the Commonwealth.”
Over the first five years, HB 2313 will:
Additionally, in his remarks, the governor today announced the findings of recently completed economic impact analyses conducted by nationally renowned firm Chmura Economics. The first analysis, which focuses on new roadway construction spending as a result of HB 2313, determined that the additional funds in the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Six-Year Improvement Program will have an economic impact of $8.1 billion and annually sustain 10,133 jobs from FY 2014 through FY 2019. The second analysis, which focuses on new transit and rail spending, determined that the additional funding provided to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation will have an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion support 14,625 jobs, or 2,925 jobs per year, between FY 2014 and FY 2018. The new dedicated intercity passenger rail funding will enable Virginia to extend passenger rail service to Roanoke within the next four years.
“This year, Republicans and Democrats put their differences aside, sat down at the table and demonstrated to our citizens that unlike Washington we are able to work together to achieve the results they demand,” said Speaker of the House Bill Howell. “I applaud Governor McDonnell for his leadership and willingness to tackle the difficult challenges facing Virginia, and I thank the broad bi-partisan group of legislators and stakeholders who made today possible.”
Speaking about this historic legislation, Marty Nohe, Prince William County supervisor and chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority said, “Years of inaction in the General Assembly have resulted in Northern Virginia now being ranked as part of the most congested region in the United States. No other singular issue has as great an impact on our ability to attract and retain economic development opportunities and jobs. Now, with the passage of this historic compromise, the local governments in Northern Virginia will be able to work collaboratively to address our critical regional needs so that we can remain economically competitive and improve our citizens’ quality of life.”
“As home to one of the largest naval installations in the U.S. and the economically crucial Port of Virginia, the Hampton Roads’ region has for years struggled with our unique transportation challenges,” said Hampton Mayor Molly Ward, chair of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. “Our region’s infrastructure needs are tremendous and with the inclusion of the Hampton Roads regional component, HB 2313 will finally provide us with the foundation to begin tackling these difficult challenges.”
“Following on the heels of the 2011 bond package, Governor McDonnell made a promise to continue his successful efforts to address Virginia’s transportation funding needs by putting in place dedicated, sustainable revenues for the long-term,” said Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Executive Vice President Jeff Southard. “This year the governor delivered. Not only will this legislation improve mobility, reduce congestion and promote further economic activity, but it will put in place the sustainability necessary to build upon and continue the progress Governor McDonnell has made over the past three years.”
Following General Assembly approval of the governor’s recommended amendments, HB 2313:
A final summary of the HB 2313 and the Chmura economic impact analyses can be found at: www.varoadtothefuture.com.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
I am so proud of my baby. She is married, working, raising a 7 month old daughter and has just finished her Master’s program in Social Work from NSU. Her big graduation day is tomorrow. We are so excited for her!
Nicole and I are heading out this evening to a Norfolk Forum event at Chrysler Hall – Historian & Biographer, Doris Kearns Goodwin. After watching Ms. Goodwin on television for years, I’m excited to hear her speak in-person. Thanks Ellyn for the tickets!
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian and Biographer
April 30, 2013 – 8:15 p.m.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned historian, has been reporting on politics and baseball for over two decades. Goodwin is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball. She was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room.
Goodwin was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She received her B.A. from Colby College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government including a course on the American Presidency. Following her tenure at Harvard, Goodwin served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House. She later assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.
In 1976, Goodwin authored Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream, which became a New York Times best-seller. She followed up in 1987 with the political biography, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which stayed on The New York Times Best-Seller List for five months. In 1990, it was made into a six-hour ABC miniseries. Her next book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in April 1995, as well as the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and the Washington Monthly Book Award. It was a New York Times best seller for six months.
Goodwin’s book, Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir, published in 1997, is about growing up in the 1950′s in love with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has been a New York Times best-seller, as well as a Book of the Month Club selection. A Washington Post reviewer wrote, “This is a book in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee.”
Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, published in October 2005, joined the best-seller lists on its first week in publication, and soon reached #1 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. Team of Rivals won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current awards and the New york State Archives History Makers Award. When President Obama was asked if he could only bring one book to the White House other than the Bible what would it be, he said Team of Rivals. A feature film based on Team of Rivals, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln will be out in December 2012. She is currently at work on a new book about the progressive era: Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the golden age of journalism.
Goodwin is married to Richard Goodwin, who worked in the White House under both Kennedy and Johnson. Mr. Goodwin’s experience as the investigator who uncovered the quiz show scandals of the 1950s was captured in the Academy Award-nominated movie Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford. The Goodwin’s have three sons.
Those big blue eyes will melt your heart. Granddaughters!
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JLNVB’s Touch-a-Truck is this weekend, Sunday, April 28th, at Hunt Club Farm. TaT is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreational vehicles, classic cars, emergency vehicles and much more! Contact the Junior League folks at JLNVB.org/touch-a-truck for more info.
I think she’s saying, “I love you, Poppie.”
My treat guys. It’s all yours. A free tablet of your choice. Check it out at jasegroup.com/WinATablet
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Apple iPad Mini
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Tab
You think your needs are important? You think manufacturers care about you? Think again.
If you owned Apple or Samsung or Microsoft or Oracle or DELL, where would you concentrate your research? It certainly wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, be here with us in the U.S. As much as we think we rule the world, when it comes to technology, we’re not king. Or queen. Or prince. Or princess.
Don’t get upset, Philip. I read the article and got your sarcasm and frustration with the Norfolk City Council. But I’m pulling out this one tidbit: Tommy Smigiel is running for Mayor of Norfolk next year?
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