Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Virginia telework tax credit would provide $250 to employees who work remotely for at least 20 hours a week.
A bill by McLean-area Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) to provide a tax credit for some teleworkers could soon become a reality after it passed the Virginia House this week and moves on to the Senate. HB 1336, which was co-sponsored by Comstock and Del. David Ramadan (R-87th), would give residents who telework a minimum of 20 hours per week 45 weeks per year a $250 income tax credit. The bill passed the house Monday on a 59-38 vote. McLean Del. Bob Brink voted against the bill. According to the bill, residents could apply for the credit through the Department of Taxation, which would issue the credits on a first-come, first-serve basis to employees who meet the requirements. The department would be limited to no more than $1 million in tax …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Virginia House voted to fund a study about whether to establish a metallic-based alternative currency for Virginia in the event that the U.S. dollar collapses.
A measure to study setting up an alternative metallic-based currency for Virginia is now in front of the state Senate after approval from the House of Delegates on Monday. McLean-are Dels. Bob Brink and Barbara Comstock voted against funding the study. The measure, with more than $17,000 in funding introduced by local Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), "shall consider recommendations for legislation, with respect to the need, means, and schedule for establishing a metallic-based monetary unit to serve as a contingency currency for the Commonwealth," according to the bill. The House voted, 65-32, for the study of a metallic-based monetary unit in the event the U.S. dollar crumbles. Read the entire bill, as approved by the House. What do you …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Murphy, a McLean resident, plans to focus on human rights, transportation and education.
McLean Democrat Kathleen Murphy will challenge Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) in this November’s House of Delegates Election. Murphy, a veteran political consultant who kicked off her campaign earlier this week, says she's running because she believes her opponent has failed to represent the best interests of the 34th District, which includes Great Falls and parts of Tysons, Vienna, McLean and Loudoun County. “I don’t believe that our delegate in Richmond votes for us,” Murphy told Patch. “She doesn’t vote for our priorities or our values and I think we can do better.” Murphy, a Fairfax County resident for more than 20 years, said she plans focus on transportation, education and human rights issues during her campaign. Murphy …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Vienna parent wants area residents to support Del. Barbara Comstock bill that would change how Fairfax County calculates class size average.
Wednesday, January 23
To the editor: Our world-class schools are the number one reason businesses and families come to Fairfax County. But people will not move here once they see many of our overcrowded classes. We now have the distinction of having among the largest class sizes in the area and Virginia state law does almost nothing to protect our children. Current student to teacher ratios are calculated at the county level and afford administrators way too much leverage where they can place as many kids as they want in a classroom, just as long as divisionwide, they do not exceed the state ratios. Given that Virginia already has the highest caps in the country, we are headed down a very slippery slope. How are children expected to learn and teachers to …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Saturday gathering at McLean Community Center will highlight schools bills by Del. Barbara Comstock.
As enrollment in Fairfax County Public Schools sees rapid growth — a trend expected to continue for at least the next five years — so do class sizes, a sensitive issue with parents and educators sometimes dealing with upwards of 30 children in a single classroom. The issue is one Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) aims to address through a number of schools bills she's introducing this session, which she'll discuss with constituents at 9 a.m. Saturday in a town hall style meeting in McLean. HB 1556 would change state code so class size would be calculated on a schoolwide — not divisionwide — basis. The current law's maximum enrollment for classes with a single teacher to 24 students for kindergarten, 30 in grades 1 through 3, 35 in grades 4 …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
State Delegate and Deputy Permanent Co-chair of the Republican National Convention speaks to high cost of living locally in Northern Virginia.
Is a quarter-million dollar salary enough to support a family of four in Northern Virginia? According to Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock, someone who earns $250,000 annually has to "work hard to make ends meet because we have such a high cost of living." She added, "That's not rich in our area." Patch sat down with Comstock at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week. A longer version of the interview was published earlier Thursday afternoon. There's no denying that real estate in McLean, Tysons Corner and Vienna is some of the most expensive in the metro region. So do you agree with Comstock? Join the conversation, and tell us in the comments below.
Patch takes five with the state delegate who serves as co-chair for the Virginia Romney-Ryan campaign.
Virginia politician and McLean resident Barbara Comstock addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon, but acknowledged, in a short interview with Patch in Tampa, that most of them probably weren't paying much attention. "Having been at conventions for 20 years, I know when you're speaking like that, there's a lot of speeches, a lot of people aren't paying attention and you just go through the process and kind of speak to the audience at home and your mom," she joked. In this video, Comstock also talks about her experience as deputy permanent co-chairman at the 2012 Republican National Convention and how she thinks the future of America has old Virginia roots.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Virginia politician (and McLean resident) Barbara Comstock held the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon.
McLean resident and Virginia General Assembly Del. Barbara Comstock, who represents the state's 34th District, addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon, throwing her support behind Romney and slamming Obama's fiscal policies, the Virginian-Pilot reports. "Comstock ticked off a list of complaints including his proposal to raise taxes on certain wage earners, Obama's pro-labor views, and his 'war on success' that undermines individual achievement. She also placed the prospect of $1 trillion in looming federal cuts known as sequestration, including $500 billion from defense, at Obama's feet, saying 'his budget failure threatens to slash 200,000 national security and high-tech jobs in Virginia.'" The full …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Comstock is slated to speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Tampa.
Tune into coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon and you're likely to see a local McLean face. Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th), who represents parts of McLean, Great Falls, Vienna and Herndon in the Virginia General Assembly, is scheduled to speak Tuesday at 2 p.m. Comstock was originally scheduled to speak Monday afternoon, but Tropical Storm Isaac, currently cutting a path through Gulf of Mexico, forced convention organizers to re-schedule the time slot for several speakers. Last week, Comstock issued the following statement on her website about her convention address: "I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention and serve as a convention co-chairman. Next …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Supporters hold grand opening gala for downtown office
The Romney for President campaign office formally opened in downtown McLean on Tuesday, one of more than 20 offices around the battleground state of Virginia. Pat Mullins, chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, said at the event "we're spending a lot of time in Fairfax. In order for Romney or Obama to win, they have to win Virginia." "Virginia is a battleground. Northern Virginia is the epicenter of the battleground," he said. Jay McConville, chairman of the Fairfax County Republicans, went so far as to say "we're running a ground game like no one has ever seen." "We're making record voter contacts on the phone and in person. Walking in neighborhoods," said McConville, describing the traditional "ground game" for candidates. The …