House of Delegates Democratic Leader David Toscano

Delegate David Toscano 2015It 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carmen Bingham
(434) 220-1660
carmen@davidtoscano.com

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

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

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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. ... See MoreSee Less

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To help with your travel plans this week, VDOT has issued the following alerts for Charlottesville and Albemarle County, along with other counties in the VDOT Culpepper District. For the full alert, click here: www.virginiadot.org/VDOT/Travel/Travel_Alerts/Culpeper/asset_upload_file347_47676.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

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I fully support Governor McAuliffe’s call to remove the Confederate battle flag and emblem from Virginia license plates, and do not support the flying of that flag on public property anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia or in the United States of America. This flag has come to symbolize hate and values which Americans find abhorrent. It should be confined to museums as a relic of a bygone era and not prominently displayed in the public realm. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the display of such an emblem on license plates is not constitutionally protected speech and there no longer is any reason why it cannot and should not be removed as soon as possible. ... See MoreSee Less

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The senseless killings in Charleston, South Carolina challenge us to redouble our efforts to combat racism and intolerance in all of its forms, and to seek new ways to prevent guns from falling into the hands of people who are intent on killing. The federal and local authorities should be complimented on their vigorous efforts to bring justice to the situation and we should all take heart in the nonviolent responses of outrage and sadness to this tragedy. This violence again illustrates the need for commonsense gun safety measures to be adopted in our state and others. ... See MoreSee Less

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