RICHMOND — Del. Lashrecse Aird was appointed to the Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress on Tuesday, April 18.
The Joint Subcommittee is tasked with reviewing causes of local fiscal stress and examining approaches to work with local governments to address instances of fiscal stress. A report from the Commission on Local Government revealed that 53 percent of Virginia’s counties and cities are experiencing above average or high fiscal stress.
During the 2017 legislative session, more than 2,900 bills and resolutions were considered. There is no easy formula to determine which bills will progress far enough to become substantial policy initiatives or which will become controversial matters. And, while there were several missed opportunities this session, the efforts made toward assessing Virginia’s fiscally distressed localities will have long-term positive implications for years to come.
Del. Lashrecse Aird of Petersburg first made history and know she is making progress by gaining a seat at the “money table.”
Aird, a 30-year-old Democrat, was recently appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which is a key panel that helps decide state spending and the state budget.
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In his State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke of Virginia’s unique economic situation — we have jobs that remain unfilled because our workforce is not trained to fill them. Our commonwealth is also scattered with economically distressed communities that tend to go unrecognized, even as we boast a lower average statewide unemployment than many other states. These communities must be able to share in our commonwealth’s success.