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Budget 911: Take Action and Help Break Funding Impasse


Your elected representatives in the Virginia House and Senate are playing a game of "chicken" over the state budget—and it’s not their necks that are in danger of getting chopped off! The necks on the block here are yours, and the necks of the students you teach and support, too.

The state budget—which should have been approved in April—is still not done.

As a result, the fall opening of our schools, especially those in poorer localities which rely heavily on state funds, is in jeopardy. We don’t know if we’ll have the funds to pay the bills! (Scroll to bottom to see additional information.)

For that reason, all VEA members should take action right now to urge legislators to reach a budget compromise.

Beginning Monday, June 2, we are urging you and every VEA member to contact your representative in the House of Delegates and urge him or her to get a budget passed now.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1
Use the list below to identify your Delegate. (If you don’t know your delegate’s name or District, click here.)

Step 2
Call your Delegate’s home district office phone number.

Step 3
Make your case to your Delegate. Tell him or her, “I am calling because I am very worried the failure of the legislative branch to produce a budget will harm our public schools.  It is your job to pass a budget even if that means a compromise must be struck, and the budget needs to be completed ASAP.”

If they say that they agree with you, please tell them to call a fellow delegate who does not agree to help persuade them to complete a budget.

If they respond with procedural mumbo jumbo, such as “The Senate needs to pass the House budget,” please tell them, “The education of Virginia’s children is what matters. We are relying on you to get the job done.”

If you need to leave a message, or talk to the Legislative Assistant, that is perfectly acceptable.

That’s it: three easy steps. With you and your colleagues making the calls, we can help get a budget passed and make sure public schools get the funds they need to have a great 2014-15 school year.

House of Delegates Contact List

Delegate

District #

District Phone

Adams, Leslie R.

16th

(434) 432-1600

Albo, David B.

42nd

(703) 451-3555

Anderson, Richard L.

51st

(571) 264-9983

Austin, Terry L.

19th

(540) 254-1500

BaCote, Mamye E.

95th

(757) 244-4415

Bell, Richard P.

20th

(540) 448-3999

Bell, Robert B.

58th

(434) 245-8900

Berg, Mark J.

29th

(540) 247-5201

Bloxom, Robert S., Jr.

100th

(757) 824-3456

Brink, Robert H.

48th

(703) 531-1048

Bulova, David L.

37th

(703) 310-6752

Byron, Kathy J.

22nd

(434) 582-1592

Campbell, Jeffrey L.

6th

(276) 227-0247

Carr, Betsy B.

69th

(804) 698-1069

Chafin, A. Benton, Jr.

4th

(276) 889-1044

Cline, Benjamin L.

24th

(434) 946-9908

Cole, Mark L.

88th

(540) 786-3402

Comstock, Barbara J.

34th

(703) 772-7168

Cox, M. Kirkland

66th

(804) 526-5135

Dance, Rosalyn R.

63rd

(804) 862-2922

Davis, Glenn R., Jr.

84th

(757) 802-4982

DeSteph, William R., Jr.

82nd

(757) 321-8180

Edmunds, James E., II

60th

(434) 476-0077

Fariss, C. Matthew

59th

(434) 821-5929

Farrell, Peter F.

56th

(804) 644-0266

Filler-Corn, Eileen

41st

(571) 249-3453

Fowler, Hyland F. (Buddy), Jr.

55th

(804) 305-8867

Futrell, Michael T.

2nd

(571) 494-1520

Garrett, T. Scott

23rd

(434) 455-0243

Gilbert, C. Todd

15th

(540) 459-7550

Greason, Thomas A. (Tag)

32nd

(703) 203-3203

Habeeb, Gregory D.

8th

(540) 915-2962

Head, Christopher T.

17th

(540) 283-2839

Helsel, Gordon C., Jr.

91st

(757) 969-9036

Herring, Charniele L.

46th

(703) 606-9705

Hester, Daun Sessoms

89th

(757) 625-8989

Hodges, M. Keith

98th

(804) 277-9801

Hope, Patrick A.

47th

(703) 486-1010

Howell, Algie T., Jr.

90th

(757) 466-7525

Howell, William J.

28th

(540) 371-1612

Hugo, Timothy D.

40th

(703) 968-4101

Ingram, Riley E.

62nd

(804) 458-9873

James, Matthew

80th

(757) 967-7583

Joannou, Johnny S.

79th

(757) 399-1700

Jones, S. Chris

76th

(757) 483-6242

Keam, Mark L.

35th

(703) 350-3911

Kilgore, Terry G.

1st

(276) 386-7011

Knight, Barry D.

81st

(757) 426-6387

Kory, Kaye

38th

(703) 354-6024

Krupicka, K. Robert, Jr.

45th

(571) 357-4762

Landes, R. Steven

25th

(540) 255-5335

LaRock, David A.

33rd

(540) 751-8364

Leftwich, James A. (Jay), Jr.

78th

(757) 382-4156

LeMunyon, James M.

67th

(703) 264-1432

Lingamfelter, L. Scott

31st

(703) 580-1294

Lopez, Alfonso H.

49th

(571) 336-2147

Loupassi, G. M. (Manoli)

68th

(804) 440-6223

Marshall, Daniel W., III

14th

(434) 797-5861

Marshall, Robert G.

13th

(703) 853-4213

Mason, T. Montgomery

93rd

(757) 229-9310

Massie, James P. (Jimmie), III

72nd

(804) 377-0100

McClellan, Jennifer L.

71st

(804) 698-1171

McQuinn, Delores L.

70th

(804) 698-1070

Miller, Jackson H.

50th

(703) 244-6172

Minchew, J. Randall

10th

(703) 777-1570

Morefield, James W. (Will)

3rd

(276) 345-4300

Morris, Richard L.

64th

(757) 912-1644

Morrissey, Joseph D.

74th

(804) 698-1074

O'Bannon, John M., III

73rd

(804) 282-8640

O'Quinn, Israel D.

5th

(276) 525-1311

Orrock, Robert D., Sr.

54th

(540) 891-1322

Peace, Christopher K.

97th

(804) 730-3737

Plum, Kenneth R.

36th

(703) 758-9733

Pogge, Brenda L.

96th

(757) 223-9690

Poindexter, Charles D.

9th

(540) 576-2600

Ramadan, David I.

87th

(703) 348-7015

Ransone, Margaret B.

99th

(804) 493-8484

Rasoul, Sam

11th

(540) 904-6905

Robinson, Roxann L.

27th

(804) 308-1534

Rush, L. Nick

7th

(540) 382-7731

Rust, Thomas Davis

86th

(703) 437-9400

Scott, Edward T.

30th

(540) 825-6400

Sickles, Mark D.

43rd

(703) 922-6440

Simon, Marcus B.

53rd

(571) 327-0053

Spruill, Lionell, Sr.

77th

(757) 424-2178

Stolle, Christopher P.

83rd

(757) 633-2080

Surovell, Scott A.

44th

(571) 249-4484

Taylor, Scott W.

85th

(757) 705-4113

Torian, Luke E.

52nd

(703) 785-2224

Toscano, David J.

57th

(434) 220-1660

Tyler, Roslyn C.

75th

(434) 336-1710

Villanueva, Ronald A.

21st

(757) 216-3883

Ward, Jeion A.

92nd

(757) 827-5921

Ware, R. Lee, Jr.

65th

(804) 598-6696

Watts, Vivian E.

39th

(703) 978-2989

Webert, Michael J.

18th

(540) 999-8218

Wilt, Tony O.

26th

(540) 437-1450

Wright, Thomas C., Jr.

61st

(434) 696-3061

Yancey, David E.

94th

(757) 897-3953

Yost, Joseph R.

12th

(540) 922-8032

 

 

Candlelight Vigils
Citizens around the state will attend Candlelight Vigils to call attention to the need of our legislators to produce a compromise budget between the House and Senate. The activity is sponsored by the Virginia Civic Engagement Table.

Time:  8 PM

Date:  6/12

Locations:
Fredericksburg (6/29)
VEA Point Person:  Robin Gardner - rgardner@veanea.org  or
804-514-2770

Richmond – St. Paul’s Church (9th and Grace St.)
VEA Point Person:  Cheri James – cjames@veanea.org  or
804-986-8522   

Southwest – Pennington Gap  - Leeman Field Pavilion 1
VEA Point Person:  Doris Boitnott - dboitnott@veanea.org  or
276-889-0157

NOVA – Prince William
VEA Point Person:  Raven Wilkerson – rwilkerson@veanea.org  or
703-895-3464

Portsmouth
VEA Point Person:   Katie Vincent – katie208@verizon.net  or
757-685-9944

Virginia Beach – Town Center
VEA Point Person:  Dom Melito - dmelito@veanea.org  or
757-729-5672

Danville - PATHS Community Medical Center (705 Main St)
VEA Point Person:  Duane Thomas – dthomas@veanea.org  or
704-968-2592

Martinsville
VEA Point Person:  Duane Thomas – dthomas@veanea.org  or
704-968-2592

Roanoke – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge Downtown Roanoke 92 Centre Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
VEA Point Person:  Scott LeCates – slecates@veanea.org  or
513-604-4127

Staunton
VEA Point Person: Bea Morris - Beam1340@wmconnect.com  or
540-867-5109

Charlottesville/Valley
VEA Point Person:   Bekah Saxon -  bsaxon@veanea.org  or
434-823-4470
 

More on the Budget Impasse
The House and Senate have gotten into gridlock over the budget, and no compromise has yet been reached. Now, the state anticipates a revenue shortfall that could exceed $300 million this fiscal year.

That has 2 effects, neither of which is good for public schools:

1. Potentially, fewer state dollars for public schools this year and next.

2. Right now, that shortfall cannot be addressed by the state’s “Rainy Day” fund because tapping into that fund requires an approved budget.

The state’s failure will almost certainly require local governments to revise their budgets, meaning additional hearings and meetings. That may also hold true for school boards, which could result in cuts to local school board budgets.

Depending on a number of factors, the state shortfall may force local governments to consider raising local taxes, which potentially would require reopening the budget process and re-advertisement of tax rates.

So we need to move right now to get legislators to end this game of chicken and get a budget passed now.


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