"Carrico: Senate Finance Committee Includes Grayson County Prison in Budget
Richmond – Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries), who sits on the powerful Finance Committee in the Virginia Senate, traveled to Richmond on Sunday as the committee met to pass its budget for the biennium.
“I am thrilled to announce that the budget that passed the Finance Committee today includes funds to open the Grayson County prison on January 1, 2014,” Carrico said. “This is another positive step in a very long process, and I will fight to ensure that funding for the facility remains as the budget moves through the General Assembly.”
The Senate Finance Committee passed a state budget that includes approximately $14 million allowing the River North Correctional Facility to open at the beginning of 2014. The budget now moves to the full Senate, where votes will be taken on amendments and the budget itself.
The inclusion of funds for the facility is the latest in a string of victories this year. Just last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell included the same level of funding for the prison in his suggested budget. The House of Delegates is expected to follow suit in the days to come. Because there seems to be universal agreement on opening the prison, Carrico is optimistic, although he acknowledges work remains to be done.
“We still have a long way to go,” said Carrico. “But every step brings us closer to opening the facility and putting hundreds of Southwest Virginians to work. I am hopeful we can close the deal this session.”"
For those who may have wondered, Senator Carrico is not spending the taxpayers' valuable time during a legislative session reading and sending e-mail all day, nor does he habitually refer to himself in the third person. His press releases are written, and e-mail is handled, by Stuart Higley.
Now, from U.S. Congressman Morgan Griffith, who has gone on record as willing to accept a pay cut in order to help balance the federal budget:
"Monday, January 28, 2013 –
No Budget, No Pay
No Budget, No Pay
My staff and I travel regularly through the district to meet with constituents and help interact with federal agencies. For more information on February’s traveling staff office hours, please visit my website, www.morgangriffith.house.gov.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. "
Attention Tea Party correspondents. Our Congressman is not perfect (nor are we), but he's getting some things right. Virginia voters, please thank him.