The House and Senate returned to Richmond on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, for our annual “Reconvene Session” or “Veto Session.” This is typically a day-long […]
House of Delegates Democratic Leader David Toscano
It is a privilege to represent Charlottesville and Albemarle and serve as House of Delegates Democratic Leader in the Virginia General Assembly. My work in the House of Delegates reflects my commitment to expanding economic opportunity, investing in public education, and protecting Virginia’s environment and natural resources. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to represent you. I hope you will take a moment to read about my positions on the issues and follow what I’ve been doing at the General Assembly.
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The Impact of King v. Burwell
Posted on June 25, 2015
With the decision in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court has further confirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allowed to stand the subsidies that have been provided to thousands of Virginians who have signed up for insurance on the federal ACA marketplace. I am very happy for the 286,000 Virginians who would otherwise have lost reasonably-priced insurance and for the many Americans who continue to benefit from provisions of the ACA. In Virginia, though, there is much work that needs to be done. Almost 400,000 of our friends and neighbors would benefit by state expansion of Medicaid. If we expanded, we would also bring Virginians’ tax dollars back to the Commonwealth, where they could be used to create jobs, insure people, and help our hospitals rather than have them sent to places like Connecticut and New York to fund their own expansions. In the next session, we will try again to expand Medicaid. I hope my Republican colleagues will finally conclude it is a good deal for the Commonwealth and their constituents.
Three Books Prompting Thoughts on Civility
Posted by David Toscano on May 14, 2015
It’s great to be here with you tonight to talk about everything from civility to what it is like to be in the minority. And let me tell you, after 10 years in the House of Delegates, I know a lot about what it feels like to be in the minority.
I believe, of course, that the primary role of the minority is to become the majority. But beyond that, minorities have a special role to play in how political discourse is conducted. In my view, just saying “no” is “>Read more