Commonwealth Budget Updates and Advocacy Needs

Yesterday Virginia Governor Ralph Northam released his budget proposal for the 2019 General Assembly.  As you can imagine, it is hundreds of pages of details.  Since this is the second year of a two-year budget, there is less big news than we’ll see when we start a two year budget.  This is really just adjustments […]

Thankful for You, Our Partners in Advocacy

To our friends in the disabilities community,   With Thanksgiving just a few more hours away, I’ve been thinking a lot about being thankful.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to advocate with each and every one of you to make Virginia better for people with developmental disabilities, which I know really makes […]

Staffer from Senator Warner’s Office Visits The Arc of Northern Virginia

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Executive Director, Rikki Epstein, and Director of Advocacy, Lucy Beadnell, were thrilled to meet with Scott Price, Regional Director for the Office of Senator Mark Warner.   Rikki and Lucy shared their concerns for the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. The Arc of […]

Budgets and More Budgets!

The Virginia General Assembly ended their session as scheduled on March 10th, but without passing a final budget.  Governor Northam has called them back to session beginning on April 11th to come to final decisions on the budget and pass a budget he can sign.  The biggest barrier to passing a budget was the decision […]