Matt Fariss, Author at Farmville

Guest Columns

Opinion — Surplus indicates taxes in state are too high

Virginia is seeing its second consecutive multibillion-dollar revenue surplus. The fiscal year ended on June 30 with a surplus of about $1.94 billion, bolstered by ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, July 29, 2022 4:35 pm


Your Turn — Tourism programs intended to bolster local economies

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced updated guidance on quarantine procedures following exposure to COVID-19 in school, childcare and camp settings. This revised guidance outlines that quarantine ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Sunday, July 24, 2022 8:51 am


Your turn — New alert system, alcohol, marijuana laws take effect

Continuing from last week’s newsletter, I wanted to update constituents on more legislation that passed the 2022 session and is law in the Commonwealth as ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:06 pm


Your turn — Gas tax increase among new laws effective July 1

Virginia drivers will be paying more at the pump, as the gas tax rose on Friday to keep pace with inflation. A project of House ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, July 8, 2022 12:33 pm


Your Turn — Education improvements highlight amended state budget

Last Wednesday, Governor Youngkin sent 38 budget amendments, three in HB 29 (the caboose budget) and 35 in HB 30 (the biennial budget), focusing on ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, June 24, 2022 3:33 pm


Opinion — Budget to get final OK after amendments considered

On Thursday, June 9, both HB 29 and HB 30 were duly enrolled, signed by the presiding officers of each house and communicated to the ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, June 17, 2022 6:16 pm


Your Turn — Prepare for hurricane season

The Virginia House and Senate passed two budget bills and sent the budget to the governor last Wednesday, setting the stage for final consideration of ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, June 10, 2022 12:30 pm


More flexibility for health care workers

In the 2022 General Assembly session, we worked diligently to ensure that our health care workers in Virginia had more opportunities to practice their skills ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, May 28, 2022 12:00 pm


Opinion — Supporting our veterans

The mental health crisis being faced by our Veterans has been a crucial issue that needed to be addressed in our Commonwealth. That’s why we ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, May 20, 2022 10:33 am


Opinion — Bills address education issues

The Virginia General Assembly has completed its 2022 legislative session and while we are still waiting on the budget to be finalized, I would also ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, May 14, 2022 4:40 pm


Opinion — The work continues

The Virginia General Assembly reconvened for Governor Youngkin’s veto session Wednesday, April 27, and the Republican-controlled House of Delegates played part in upholding the Governor’s ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, May 6, 2022 9:47 am


Opinion — Returning to Richmond

On Wednesday, April 27, we will return to Richmond to review and vote on Governor amendments. We are currently still in special session, and we ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, April 30, 2022 5:26 pm


Opinion — What’s up next

The Reconvened Session on April 27 is likely to be a lengthy session given the amount of actions taken by Governor Youngkin. The Governor announced ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, April 22, 2022 7:06 pm


Opinion — New bills signed into law

Governor Glenn Youngkin has already signed over 700 bills into law from the 2022 General Assembly Session. This week I am highlighting several of those ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, April 15, 2022 3:07 pm

Guest Columns

Opinion — Budget work continues

When we adjourned Sine Die on March 12, there was a great deal of work left to be done. House Republicans were ready to stay ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, April 7, 2022 11:10 am


Opinion — Gas tax relief possible

The 2022 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12th. House Republicans came into this session focused on addressing the ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, March 26, 2022 12:59 pm


Opinion — Making strides

Last week marked the fourth week of the 2022 General Assembly session. We’ve made huge strides when it comes to restoring election integrity for Virginians. ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:34 pm


Opinion — We work for you

We’ve been hard at work for nearly three weeks now in the Virginia General Assembly, and we’ve already made huge strides for Virginia’s families. With ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, February 4, 2022 10:02 am


Opinion — Taking decisive action

Governor Glenn Youngkin took decisive action Thursday in the fight against COVID-19. He is applying an equal mix of science and common sense to fighting ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:00 pm


Your turn — Changes for the new year

The first week of session is completed. During that time, a new speaker was elected, and all appointments were made. This year, I was selected ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, January 22, 2022 5:00 pm


Opinion — COVID guidelines

Governor Northam will give his final State of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Due to COVID, the governor will speak from the House ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:49 pm

Guest Columns

Opinion — Withdrawing from RGGI is good for Virginians

Last Wednesday, Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin announced his intention to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an 11 state, cap-and-trade program ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, December 17, 2021 3:15 pm


Ignoring violence in schools will hurt our children

Loudoun County is in the midst of an apparent cover-up, and two young women have been assaulted. The tragedy in Loudoun County has brought to ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:00 am


Redistricting in Virginia

The Virginia Redistricting Commission will not finish its work on the state’s legislative maps and will instead move on to drawing maps for the state’s ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00 am

Guest Columns

Opinion — Grant program available

It was announced last week that a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 1, 2021 12:27 pm

Guest Columns

Voting, districts and more issues

I  have compiled a list of important dates pertaining to the November Elections. Early voting began Sept. 17 and ends Oct. 30. Oct. 12 is ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:19 pm

Guest Columns

Opinion — New services available

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Early Voting starts ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, September 16, 2021 4:31 pm

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