Updates From George

There is a letter penned by President Abraham Lincoln to the mother of a fallen soldier that closes with, "the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." 

Yesterday, I returned from three days in Richmond, where on Tuesday the Senate passed a budget.

Election day has come and gone and the contentious recount in the race for Attorney General has been completed. Legislative sessions can be unpredictable—indeed, if you had asked me whether last year would have yielded the largest investment in transportation funding in decades I would have said no. I reserve the right to be wrong about this upcoming session as well, but here’s what I suspect awaits us.

What made the 2013 legislative session such a resounding success?

When I have come back from Richmond the previous five years, I’ve gone around the district talking with groups about the positive steps forward we made on various issues but also discussing some of the major issues, such as transportation, that we tried to tackle, only to fail to reach agreement. This year, however, despite great skepticism that we would do anything significant on either issue, we made huge progress on both transportation and Medicaid. What was the difference?