Thursday, April 25, 2013
"Virginia's got to have the ability to collect all sales tax revenue," says Sen. Mark Warner, who is co-sponsor of a bill that would allow local government to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.
Consumers across the country increasingly make purchases online, in some cases doing so to avoid paying sales tax. When that happens, local governments like Fairfax County miss out on much-needed revenue to help pay for roads, schools and police. One group estimates Virginia is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars each year — $422 million in FY2012 — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The group says in all, states will lose $23 billion in 2012. That could change soon. Virginia's two Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted in the majority (70-24) this week to proceed with a vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The legislation will allow state and local governments to require Internet …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Startup 3.0 legislation will enable brightest minds to stay and do business in U.S.
Investing in talent through bipartisan immigration reform is a key to growing the economy in general and nurturing Northern Virginia startups in particular. That was the message U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) conveyed to a roomful of tech entrepreneurs and business leaders at Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce event at the Wolf Trap Center for Education in Vienna on Friday. While Warner says he thinks the access to capital, which dried up in the economic downturn of the last several years, is poised to make a comeback, he mostly spoke about the access to talent that he said would expand greatly under the Startup 3.0 bill. "If you look around this room, and I have seen data that supports this, 35 to 40 percent of tech-related companies in …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Startup Act 3.0 combines elements of immigration reform to spur job growth.
A bill introduced by Virginia Sen. Mark Warner this week designed to jump-start business by creating "Entrepreneur Visas" and "STEM Visas" for highly educated and entrepreneurial immigrants to stay in the United States could help the Northern Virginia region compete on a larger scale, says the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. “Entrepreneurs are the future of the Northern Virginia region," Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Fairfax Chamber, told Patch. "The Fairfax Chamber applauds Senator Warner and the rest of the bi-partisan sponsors for their leadership on reforms and new ideas that will make our nation, and our region, more attractive to entrepreneurial businesses, add jobs, and make us even more competitive on a global scale…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Fairfax High grad must pay higher out-of-state tuition rates for college after entering country illegally at age 12.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s special invited guest for President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night was 19-year-old Ambar Pinto of Fairfax. Ambar and her family entered the country illegally when she was 12 years old, according to a news release from the Senator's office. Since then, Pinto has graduated from Fairfax High School and now is enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College – where she pays higher out-of-state tuition rates because she is undocumented. Both Pinto – and Warner – are advocates for the Dream Act and for comprehensive immigration reform.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
U.S. Senator from Virginia hopes President highlights entrepreneurship Tuesday night in State of the Union address.
Virginia's senior U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is urging President Obama to highlight startups and small businesses in his State of the Union address tonight. In May 2012, Warner introduced legislation called the Startup Act 2.0 to jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses. “As you prepare to deliver your State of the Union address, we encourage you to speak about the important role entrepreneurs play in economic growth and job creation,” Warner said in a letter to the President (see complete letter at right). “Our legislation, which we plan to reintroduce next week, builds on recommendations made by your Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to jumpstart economic growth. Startup Act 2.0 provides new opportunities for …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Senators urge "legislative leaders" to "do the right thing."
Virginia's U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) have condemned the action taken Monday by Virginia's Senate Republicans, to redraw the commonwealth's Senate districts in favor of Republicans, reportedly to help African Americans with representation in the General Assembly. "On a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and inaugurated Barack Obama as President, Virginia Senate Republicans took advantage of the absence of civil rights leader Sen. Henry Marsh to push through a hyper-partisan change to Virginia's already gerrymandered legislative district map," the two said in a joint statement. "This is not the way we should be conducting the people’s business in Virginia. We are encouraged by Governor …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Virginia senator said his three daughters asked him Friday what he was going to do about school shootings tragedy.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner wants to tighten gun laws, saying "enough is enough" in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings Friday that saw 20 young children and six adults killed. “I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” the Democrat from Alexandria said Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting, The Washington Post reported Monday. “I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters," the Post reported. "They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.” “I believe …