Terry McAuliffe Inauguration Weather Mirrors Tim Kaine’s

January 11, 2014

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Just as with Tim Kaine’s inauguration in 2006 in Williamsburg, rain did not dampen the spirits in Richmond today as Terrence R. McAuliffe became the 72nd Governor of Virginia amongst well wishers from across the Commonwealth.

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DNC Chair Tim Kaine Video Update

May 23, 2010

Kaine Delivers His Final “State of the Commonwealth”

January 13, 2010

of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor                           January 13, 2010


RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today delivered his final State of the Commonwealth Address to the Joint Assembly in Richmond . Below is the text of his prepared remarks:

“My fellow Virginians:

“I stand before you tonight, with many emotions, to deliver my final State of the Commonwealth address. While the quick passage of four years has its bittersweet aspects, the most significant feelings I have are gratitude for those who have supported me during my time in public life and pride in what we have accomplished during this Administration. Let me reflect on what we have done together before I conclude with the most important part of my comments, my expressions of thanks.

“When I was inaugurated Governor in Williamsburg four years ago, I chose a simple motto for my Administration: “Virginia Leading the Way.” Ever since moving to Richmond in 1984, I have believed in our city and our Commonwealth and wondered why we were not seen more clearly as national leaders in the same way we were in the early years of the American Republic . Read the rest of this entry »

Gov. Kaine’s Official Portrait Unveiling Video

January 9, 2010

In “Extraordinary Times” Kaine Proposes 2010-2012 Budget

December 18, 2009

of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor                                                 December 18, 2009


~ Balanced budget preserves safety net programs, maintains Triple A bond rating, maintains position as national leader through combination of cuts and revenue ~

RICHMONDGovernor Timothy M. Kaine today unveiled the 2010 caboose budget and 2010-2012 biennial budget that he will submit for consideration by the 2010 General Assembly during a speech to the Joint Money Committees. The prepared text of his remarks follows:

“Chairman Putney, Chairman Colgan, Chairman Purkey, and Members of the General Assembly: Good Morning.

Today marks the last time I will address the members of the Joint Money Committees as Governor. On behalf of seven and a half million Virginians, I thank and commend you for your service.

When I began my service as Governor nearly four years ago, I chose a motto for my Administration: ‘Virginia Leading the Way.’ It has inspired everything we do. Just as Virginia was the nation’s leading state in the first 50 years of our country’s life, we should be the leading state in America today.

When I chose that motto, I had no idea that we would be living through the toughest national economic conditions since the 1930’s. When we saw the economy start to soften in March of 2007, few believed that the depths of the recession would be so profound. And yet our goal did not change. Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Crisis Continues To Have Major Impact on Virginia

September 15, 2009

of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor                                                          September 15, 2009


~ Commonwealth will request federal loan for October-December 2009; mandatory fund builder tax to take effect January 2010 ~

RICHMOND —Governor Timothy M. Kaine today filed a request with the U.S. Department of Labor for a repayable advance of $252 million from the Federal Unemployment Account to meet the obligations of the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Program through December 2009. With increased demand for benefits and reduced employer contributions to the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, a federal loan is now required to help meet the needs of the nearly 69,000 Virginians currently receiving unemployment benefits. The economic downturn and resulting increase in demand has also driven Virginia ’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund to levels that activate triggers for a Fund Builder Tax to replenish the account.

“The stresses placed on our unemployment compensation program reflect the stresses placed on many Virginians who have been swept up in the worst economic crisis in generations,” said Governor Kaine. “ Virginia will take advantage of every available resource to help citizens who lost their jobs through no fault of their own get through these difficult times.”

Based on the most recent data, Virginia assesses the lowest unemployment tax rates in the region and the third lowest unemployment tax rates in the nation. Current projections indicate Virginia ’s Trust Fund will be depleted in mid-October, requiring advances at that time.

Virginia will repay the federal advances with interest. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) waives interest accrued through December 31, 2010, but interest will resume on outstanding balances on January 1, 2011. If Virginia maintains an outstanding federal loan on the first day of two consecutive calendar years, as is expected in 2010 and 2011, Virginia employers will be assessed an additional federal tax of $21 per employee beginning in 2011. If Virginia had been eligible for the second tranche of assistance from the ARRA, approximately $125 million, the state’s compensation fund might have been able to delay requesting loans until after January 1, 2010, which would have delayed the additional federal tax until 2012.

Federal loans for each month will be authorized individually, with the possibility of requesting supplemental advances. Actual disbursement of the loans occurs daily, ensuring that no excessive loans are made. With national economic forces straining unemployment compensation funds across the country, 19 states have already requested loans from the Department of Labor, and more are expected to seek federal assistance.

The unprecedented demand placed on Virginia ’s unemployment insurance trust fund by current economic conditions has pushed the fund below legally mandated solvency levels. When the fund falls below 50% of the level deemed “sufficient” by the state code, as is expected to occur, a mandatory fund builder tax is automatically added to all employers’ contribution rates. This additional levy will begin January 2010 and remain in place until the fund is rebuilt to at least 50% solvency. The projected employer contribution for 2010 is approximately $171 per employee. Virginia currently has the least expensive unemployment tax rates in the region, and this increase would still leave its rates lower than all but two regional neighbors.

The activation of the mandatory Fund Builder tax also adjusts unemployment benefits for some recipients. Those who receive unemployment benefits and Social Security will have their weekly unemployment benefit reduced by 50% of their Social Security Act payment. If, for example, someone received $250 from Social Security and $200 from unemployment, they will still receive $250 from Social Security, but will receive $75 from unemployment.

The measures announced today will be another effort to assist unemployed Virginians as they weather the current economic downturn.  The Governor convened an Economic Crisis Strike Force in February to coordinate the state’s efforts to meet the needs of the unemployed. The Strike Force is about to launch a series of resource fairs throughout the state to provide job seekers with advice and techniques they need to stand out to potential employers. Virginia has also opened six new unemployment express offices and two new re-employment services offices to get displaced workers the assistance they need as quickly as possible. Additionally, Virginia has extended unemployment benefits up to 72 weeks, and extended health insurance benefits through COBRA from 3 to 9 months for small business employees who are laid off.

Gov. Kaine and Cabinet Scheduled To Visit Fredericksburg July 29th

July 26, 2009

Fredericksburg Cabinet Community Day

Governor Timothy M. Kaine, his Cabinet and members of his senior staff will conduct their fifteenth Cabinet Community Day on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in the Fredericksburg area. This is the third Cabinet Community Day of 2009.

The Governor holds four Cabinet Community Days every year, visiting eight regions of the state twice over the course of the administration.

In 2009, Cabinet Community Days have been held in Southwest Virginia on June 5 and in Martinsville on April 9. In 2008, Cabinet Community days were held on the Virginia Peninsula , Fairfax , Staunton , and Petersburg . In 2007, sessions took place in Southern Virginia, the Eastern Shore, Roanoke and Charlottesville . In 2006, Cabinet Community Days occurred in Hampton Roads, Abingdon, the Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia .

Staff from the Unclaimed Property Division of the Virginia Department of Treasury will also be at several events to help citizens check for money, stocks, bonds, dividends, utility deposits, insurance proceeds and tangible property being held by the state.

Wednesday, July 29

ARRA Weatherization Event and United We Serve Service Project. Governor Kaine and members of his Cabinet and senior staff will join the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging to highlight the increased funding for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Weatherization Assistance program as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Governor and Cabinet will perform weatherization work at the home of Katherine Smith as part of President Obama’s call for a summer of community service through his United We Serve initiative. The Governor and Cabinet will work alongside a crew from Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, a weatherization contractor that has doubled its staff and projects over the last 8 months in response to increased demand stemming from the newly available weatherization funding. Open to the press and public.

When: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Home of Katherine Smith  1205 Mullens Court  King George, Virginia

Germanna Community College Stafford Center Ribbon Cutting. Governor Kaine and members of his Cabinet and senior staff will help cut the ribbon on Germanna Community College ’s new Stafford Center . The fourth location of Germanna Community College —which will have four classrooms, computer labs, and office space—is expected to offer 52 classes this fall and serve approximately 1,000 students. The Center is a partnership between the school and Stafford Economic Development Authority which has invested $300,000 over three years to promote economic development through workforce training. The center will also meet anticipated needs associated with the BRAC expansion at Quantico and the new Stafford Hospital Center . Staff from the Unclaimed Property Division will be in attendance. Open to the press and public.

When: 10:45 a.m.

Where: Suites 105 , 107 and 109, Aquia Park  2761 Jefferson Davis Highway  Stafford , Virginia

Business Sales Growth Seminar. Governor Kaine and members of his Cabinet and senior staff will attend the Virginia Department of Business Assistance’s Fredericksburg-area Business Sales Growth seminar—an advanced seminar providing interactive discussions with experts on growing sales by targeting appropriate government and private sector markets. Governor Kaine and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O. Gottschalk will address and meet with attendees. To register for the free seminar, please visit http://www.vastartup.org/register/events/31. Staff from the Unclaimed Property Division will be in attendance. Open to the press and public.

When: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Germanna Community College  Workforce and Technology Center   10000 Germanna Point Drive  Fredericksburg , Virginia

Federation of Virginia Food Banks Check Presentation and United We Serve Service Project. Governor Kaine will present a ceremonial check for $1 million to representatives of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Governor Kaine recommended the money as a budget amendment in the 2009 legislative session to help meet the basic needs of Virginians during hard economic times. Following the presentation, the Governor and members of his Cabinet and senior staff will participate in the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank’s Food for Life program as part of President Obama’s call for a summer of community service through his United We Serve initiative. The Food for Life program prepares boxes of nutritious food for delivery to low income seniors and persons with disabilities. Staff from the Unclaimed Property Division will be in attendance. Open to the press and public.

When: 1:45 p.m.

Where: Fredericksburg Area Food Bank  3631 Lee Hill Drive  Fredericksburg , Virginia

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Tour and Grant Announcement. Governor Kaine will tour Rappahannock Goodwill Industries’ laundry facility, an industrial scale laundry that has 119 employees, 70% of whom have a disability. The 24,000 square foot facility processes 6.2 million pounds of laundry annually from clients across Northern Virginia and Washington , D.C. including Dewitt Army Hospital , Fort A.P. Hill, and the FBI Training Academy at Marine Corps Base, Quantico . Governor Kaine will then announce the recipients of 12 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to increase employment for Virginians with disabilities. Staff from the Unclaimed Property Division will be in attendance. Open to the press and public.

When: 3:15 p.m.

Where: 480 Central Road  Fredericksburg , Virginia