On the Issues

As a small business owner in Northern Virginia for many years, Dick Saslaw understands what it takes to establish a strong business climate. He knows first hand the importance of balancing a budget, making payroll at the end of the month, and treating employees right.  In the Senate, Saslaw has led the charge to make Virginia a top business destination.

Senator Saslaw has earned a reputation for his long record of fiscally disciplined leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets. With a “pay as you go” philosophy, Dick has led the way to keep future generations from carrying a burden of debt. He helped pass the most recent budget bill for Fiscal Year 2015—2016 that was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe without any amendments— a bipartisan accomplishment not seen in many years.

Virginia has been recognized as the best place to raise a child due to the available opportunities for future success. Senator Saslaw believes that a strong public education system is the key to a productive workforce and a strong economy. Dick Saslaw supported increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in local schools in order to prepare Virginia’s students for the careers of the 21st Century. He has worked for smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and more funding for school construction.

Dick Saslaw has led the fight for necessary transportation funding for our region. He serves on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation, and continues to work to ensure that Northern Virginia receives the funding required to meet its growing transportation needs. He has been a long time advocate for making critical investments in infrastructure aimed at reducing gridlock. He strongly believes that Virginia must expand the use of mass transit, increase efficiency, and keep up with the maintenance of existing projects.

Dick Saslaw serves on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, which is responsible for legislation dealing with public safety. The Senator has been one of the strongest advocates for measures that will make our neighborhoods safer. Senator Saslaw has been recognized by law enforcement for his strong public safety record. He has worked to protect our community by creating drug-free school zones and enacting “three-strikes and you're out” legislation, which mandates that repeat violent offenders who enter the prison system three times will automatically be given life sentences. He supported the ban on synthetic marijuana and voted for legislation that will crack down on sex offenders who prey on Virginia’s youth.


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