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problems of america may have right now, this is still by far and away the greatest country in the history of the world. >> nick adams is the author of america, the greatest good, the american boomerang, how the world's greatest turn-around nation will do it again. and retaking america. crushing political correctness. mr. adams is also the founder and executive director of the foundation for liberty and american greatness. an organization dedicated to promoting american exceptionalism and combating anti-americanism worldwide. watch in-depth live from noon to 3:00 p.m. eastern sunday on book tv on c-span2. in his state of the commonwealth address, virginia governor terry mcauliffe outlined his legislative priorities for 2017, including cybersecurity and economic defendant.
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[ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] [ applause ] >> all right!
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thank you. [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> as speaker of the house delegates and president of the joint assembly, it's my pleasure to present to you his excellency, the governor of the commonwealth, the honorable terrence r. mcauliffe. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> thank you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. speaker, leader norman, ladies and gentlemen of the virginia general assembly, thank you for invoiting me to speak with you this evening. and to the people of virginia, who are with us tonight or who are watching from home, thank you for the honor of serving as this commonwealth's 72nd governor. [ cheers and applause ]
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we are joined here this evening by our great lieutenant governor, ralph northam. [ applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> and our great attorney general, mark herring. [ cheers and applause ] these two virginia leaders have been great partners as we work to build a stronger, more open and more prosperous virginia. i thank them. and of course, our first lady is with us here this evening, dorothy mcauliffe. [ cheers and applause ]
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dorothy, your work expanding access to healthy nutrition, promoting national service, and making our commonwealth more welcoming to military families has made our state a better place to live. thank you for your leadership. and thank you for our partnership for 28 years. [ cheers and applause ] that alone is worth a great round of applause. we are free here to meet tonight because of the brave men and women at the federal, state and local levels who risk their lives to keep us safe each and every day. [ applause ] we thank all of our men and
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women in military uniform, and we are joined this evening by one family that embodies the service and commitment that our men and women in uniform and their loved ones make to protect our great country and our commonwealth. sean talmadge is a key member of our commonwealth's emergency management and disaster response team. he is also a lieutenant colonel in the virginia national guard. while we were celebrating the holidays with our families this past year, sean was separated from his on a deployment to kuwait with the 29th infantry division. sean's wife, milana, is here with us tonight with her two children. i hope you will join me and thank her and her family and every single virginian who sacrifices to keep us safe. [ cheers and applause ]
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[ applause ] >> before we begin, let us pause for a moment of silence in memory of our great friend and colleague, chuck holmby. he was the longest serving member of the virginia state senate. he will be dearly missed. on this day three years ago we met on the steps of this historic building, and i was honored to take the oath to serve the people of virginia as their governor. that was a day of celebration. but we all knew at that time that a significant amount of work lay ahead.
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virginians hired each one of us to work for them here in richmond to solve problems and to make their lives better. in a state as large and diverse as ours, that can be a daunting task at any time. but we began our partnership in a unique moment in our commonwealth's history. for years, virginia's economy had floated above a massive wave of federal spending, that had created millions of jobs and brought billions in economic activity to northern virginia. that relationship created economic opportunity. but it also made us overly reliant on federal spending. we all know what happened next. as other states began to climb out of the great recession, congressional dysfunction in defense cuts as well as sequestration severely hampered virginia's ability to retain its footing. sequestration cost virginia $9.8 billion and 154,000 jobs between
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2011 and 2013 alone. unless congress takes action, another more severe round of sequestration will hit our economy this october. and so as we begin our work as we did three years ago, we had a choice. we could sit back and watch external forces limit our growth, or open up a new chapter here in virginia. we needed to build a new virginia economy that would create opportunity no matter what happened in washington, beijing or anywhere else in the world. we needed to focus on economic development and make virginia more attractive to job creators, bioscience, and advanced manufacturing. we needed to align every public system from transportation to public education to work force development with the needs of a
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21st century economy. we needed to build a more open and welcoming climate to attract families and job creators from every single walk of life. and so we got to work. recognizing that 95% of the world's customers live outside the united states of america, we took the virginia story to 19 countries in every corner of the globe. we took every meeting we could get and convinced job creators to bring new operations to our commonwealth or to buy our world-class goods, agriculture products or services that our businesses are offering. and those efforts have paid off. as of tonight, we have helped close 853 economic development deals worth $14.23 billion in new capital investment. that is nearly $5 billion more than any administration in the history of the commonwealth of virginia. [ applause ]
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[ cheers and applause ] >> and so let us start out the new year with a bang. tonight i am proud to announce that navy federal credit yup has agreed to locate 1400 new jobs and invest $102 million in frederick county, virginia. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> i hope that you will join me in welcoming navy federal ceo dawson and the board of supervisors jean fisher who are here with us tonight to celebrate that major victory for the commonwealth. [ cheers and applause ] >> and as you can imagine, i am very pleased that we beat out the state of florida for this important project. [ laughter ] sharks in their water and everything down there. forget it. bringing new products like this one to virginia is critically important. in fact, i just took the red eye back after two days of business outreach in california. and we are closing in on
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bringing thousands of new jobs and billions of new investment to virginia which we will begin to announce in the next month. but we also need to build a lasting infrastructure that will generate even more jobs and economic activity for generations to come. and working together, we are doing just that. last year, with epassed a budget that invested more than $1 billion in public education. the highest level in virginia history. [ applause ] we are transforming our k-12 system to prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on modernizing the sols in how we deliver high school education. i want to recognize delegate tag reeson and the late senator john miller for their partnership in transforming our commonwealth's education system. [ applause ]
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>> thank you, guys, for clapping for tag. thanks to the leadership of our first lady. we are connecting more students with the nutrition that they need to thrive in the classroom and to grow healthy minds and bodies. virginia students are hungry to learn, but they cannot learn if they're just plain hungry. that is why i'm so proud that last year alone, virginia schools served 5 million more school breakfasts than the last year before. and you thank you for your effort. [ applause ]
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>> that success would not be possible without leaders who recognize a strong accessible nutrition programs nutrition programs are essential to a quality education. dr. scott braybrand is one of those leaders. as superintendent of the lynchburg city schools he helped oversee a 20% increase in school breakfast participation just one year adding 550 students to the program. he's also thrown his support behind after school and summer meal programs to help ensure that more than 6,000 students who rely on school meals do not go hungry when classes end. let us welcome scott here this evening and thank him for his leadership on behalf of his students.
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over several sessions we have reformed virginia's workforce development system and incentivized institutions and students to complete degrees and credentials in high-demand industries. and this work comes at a very critical time. virginia is very unique. our problem is not that we don't have high-paying jobs available. it's that we don't have the trade workers to fill those jobs. last year, virginia saw 149,000 jobs open in the technology sector, alone, and today we have 36,000 cyber jobs open. parents who were watching tonight, listen to me, the average starting pay for these jobs is $88,000. our mission, all of us in this
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chamber, is to prepare students with the skill sets they need to fill these jobs so they can lead our economy into the future. we have helped veterans get into the private workforce faster by offering workforce credit for military training. we expanded the virginia values program to help more than 20,000 veterans find work. we funded the opening of two new veteran care centers so that virginia men and women who have served in uniform no longer have to wait for the federal government to get its act together to get the health care that they need. if they won't do it, we will do it for our virginia veterans. we launched healthy virginia to
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extend services to 10,000 virginians with serious mental illness and helped 378,000 virginians access health insurance through the affordable care act. we took great strides forward on transportation. undertaking significant projects in high traffic corridors across virginia like i-95, i-6 and i-66. we passed the smart skill prioritization process so the decisions are now based on data about the benefits our taxpayers will receive on the economy, not on backroom dealmaking. after several disastrous public/private partnership deals that cost virginians hundreds of millions of dollars, we have transformed the process and brought a taxpayer-first approach to these negotiating these important deals. the results of our efforts are clear. if we had followed the old
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process, the i-66 outside the beltway project i just announced would have cost taxpayers $1 billion. however, by reforming our system and strengthening how we negotiate, the final deal will not require virginians to invest one single dollar. and the winning consortium, think about this, they've agreed to include an additional $800 million in transit improvements, $350 million in corridor improvements and they're going to write the commonwealth a check for $500 million. our reforms and leadership resulted in a $2.5 being turnaround on this project, alone.
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we won a $165 million federal grant for the $1.4 billion atlantic gateway project which will unlock travel and commerce on road and rail all across the commonwealth. we returned the port of virginia to financial solvency and made record investments to position our commonwealth as a leader in global trade for generations to come. as a result, the port, which had suffered seven straight years of operating losses and was once unwisely put up for sale is now profitable and leading the nation in import volume growth. thanks. we ensured a bright future for private space flight in virginia by strengthening the mars spaceport. thank you, lynnwood.
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we led from the back of the pack on cyber security, science, autonomous vehicles and renewable energy to now becoming a national leader in these cutting-edge industries. i'm particularly proud of the work that we have all done together working on cyber security. this is a critical issue for the commonwealth. last year in virginia, we experienced 70 million cyber attacks, that is one every four seconds. we have a responsibility to protect our data from cyber criminals and to realize the economic opportunity that this industry presents. as chairman of the national governors' association, i have made cyber security the centerpiece of my agenda. and i am now proud to say that virginia is leading the way in america. we made virginia safer by reforming our juvenile justice system and posting the lowest adult recidivism rate in america.
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we took action to protect virginia from the threat of climate change and sea level rise by winning a $120 million federal resiliency grant for norfolk own other communities in hampton roads. i'm proud to say this is the largest grant given to any state in the united states of america. we have made great strides protecting virginia's historic and natural assets as well. after 30 years attorney general herring and our team finally reached an agreement with dupont on the largest natural resource settlement in the history of virginia bringing $50 million back to virginia to improve our
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environment in wanesboro and the surrounding areas. we undertook an initiative to preserve 1,000 virginia historic and national treasures for the enjoyment of generations to come. we accomplished it one full year ahead of schedule and tonight i'm proud to announce after three years of negotiations with the united states army, we are now finally having an agreement to expand virginia's historic ft. monroe and take possession so for generations to come, ft. monroe will be for our virginia citizens.
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these three years have been defined by significant, substantive accomplishments on one key policy initiative after another. those achievements are not victories for one party or another. they are victories for virginia. we achieve them by working together and doing what it takes to build a new virginia economy from the bottom up. and if you look at the numbers, it's clear we are making substantial progress. when i took office, virginia's unemployment rate was 5.4%. over the course of this administration, it fell to as low as 3.7% which represented the steepest decline in any governor's term in 32 years. today as more and more virgin n virginians respond to our
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strengthening economy by returning to the labor force our 4.2% rate is 1.2% lower than we began our work together and now the second lowest rate of any major state in america. in total, virginia has created 167,100 new jobs in the last 3 years. these are important indicators that our efforts are working and that our trajectory is indisputably upward but we should also remember that these numbers actually represent real people with real stories. i would like to take a moment to tell you about a few people who have benefited from actions that we have taken working together. one of my proudest moments of my life came on april 22nd of last year when i stood on the steps of the capitol and brought virginia into line with 40 other states that restore the civil
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rights of people who made mistakes and who have served their time. now as you know, that action was greeted by cheers from some corners of this room and lawsuits from others. but folks, the principles of redemption and second chances are essential to a healthy society, and i was very proud to fight for them. since that day, my team has worked hard to restore the rights of individuals who have served their time and reentered society to build productive lives. and tonight, i am proud to announce that thanks to those efforts, we have given more than 127,000 virginians a second chance at citizenship since i took office.
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i would like you to meet one of them tonight. terry garrett was born in 1968, grew up in northern virginia. after two decades of substance abuse and frequent incarcerat n incarcerations, she found sobriety and she turned her life around. today in addition to her role as a loving mother and grandmother, terry is
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terri is a community leader and sponsors offenders. terri made mistakes. she served her time. she became a productive member of our community. but our policy of disenfranchisement made her a second-class citizen. until last year. after terri's rights were restored in august, she walked into a voting booth for the first time in her life this past november, regaining her place in our society, and showing all of us how powerful a second chance can be. terri is here with us tonight on behalf of so many virginians who are proud to have a voice in their commonwealth's future once again. i hope you will join me in welcoming terri to our capitol.
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when men and women volunteer to fight for our country in the armed forces, we have a responsibility to support them when they return to civilian life. unfortunately, too many end their military service and face enormous challenges with too few resources or opportunities for success. many find themselves without a place to call home. shortly after my administration began, first lady michelle obama sent a challenge to all the mayors in america to end veteran homelessness in their cities. i can still remember the look on secretary john harvey's face when i suggested that we take that challenge. not just for our virginia cities, but for our entire
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comm commonwealth. he and the fantastic team at the department of veterans' services, social services and housing an community development, they got to work to find safe, affordable and permanent housing for our homeless veterans. and on veterans' day 2015 i was proud to announce virginia was the first state in the nation to be certified as functionally ending veteran homelessness. that accomplishment should be a source of proud for all of us. particularly when you meet the men and women who have benefited
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the most. deonis reports is with us tonight from chesapeake. he bravery served in the army airborne in several missions including operation desert storm. like too many others he faced challenges when he returned home. after 11 years without a reliable horse ovuse over his he received public housing. thank you for joining us this evening and thank you to service to our great nation.
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these virginians and their stories are an uplifting reminder of the impact that we can have on people's lives when we work together. as i've traveled virginia and met the families that we serve, i have taken great pride in the process that we have made for them to help them with their lives. but despite our enormous strides, we still have problems we need to work on together. the agenda that i present to you this evening builds on the work that we have done together over the past three years. every single proposal is tied directly to building a new virginia economy that creates opportunity for families from every walk of life and every corner of our commonwealth. one of the most severe challenges facing our commonwealth today is how we care for our fellow virginians who suffer from behavioral health disort edisorders. our current system is too fragmented and underfunded. the budget that i submitted to
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you last month includes new funding to allow our community service boards to offer same-day service to virginians who are experiencing a health crisis. this will allow our csbs to serve virginians, rather than turning them away at risk of their health and the risk of r others. one result of our challenged mental system is too many individuals who suffer from behavioral health, they have these disorders, sometimes they wind up in jail. where there are not enough resources to properly care for them. to solve the problem, i've proposed education and funding to expand mental health screenings in local and regional jails and as we work to prevent future tragedies, i proposed legislation giving the virginia board of corrections the authority to investigate deaths in virginia jails so that that role is very clear if one does occur. but before we move on, i want to
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especially thank senator deeds for his vision and his leadership on this very important issue. we cannot fully reform our mental health system without tackling the massive epidemic virginia and other states face across the nation. we're confronting the issue of heroin and prescription drugs. in 2015, we saw more than 800 of our fellow virginians of all ages, of all walks of life, die due to opioid addiction and overdose and when the final data is available, we expect the total in 2016 to have exceeded
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1,000. tackling this problem is a matter of life and death for people in every corner of virginia. my budget proposal includes $5.3 million for increased substance abuse disorder services and new tools to prevent overdose deaths. i also introduced a package of legislative reforms that include limiting ownershpiate prescript written in departments for three days, requiring e-prescriptions for all subscription narcotics and allowing community -- the men and women affected by this crisis, our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, if we act together boldly here in virginia, we can fight this epidemic and keep these virginians and their families and communities healthy. i look forward to working with members including delegates john obannon and todd pillian to confront this urgent problem.
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these investments in policy changes will enhance our mental health system and confront our growing opioid epidemic. additionally as we wait for congress to determine the future of the affordable care act, we should always remember that medicaid expansion offers us an additional $300 million per year to strengthen our behavioral health system. as you know, the budget i submitted gives the governor the authority to expand medicaid if an enhanced federal match is available after october it 1st, 2017, and even if that does not happen and is not the case, we should all agree we do have a responsibility to help as many people as we can access health care. virginians elected us to solve problems. 400,000 people living without health care is a problem. we should never stop seeking ways to solve this problem.
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another matter that deserves our attention is ensuring that our criminal justice system is keeping our communities safe in an effective and cost-efficient manner. i proud of the progress we have made transforming virginia's juvenile justice system from an adult style incarceration system to now a data driven enterprise aimed at putting our young people onto a better path. we can build on our progress reforming our criminal justice system with smart policy choices this session. one way to accomplish this goal is to increase the commonwealth's threshold for felony larceny from $200 to $500. right now, virginia is tied with
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new jersey for 50th out of 50 for the most punitive felony threshold in the nation. let us work together to bring virginia up from the bottom of the rankings on this very important issue. another step we can take to protect virginians' economic productivity is limit the number of people whose driver's licenslicens licenses are suspended. suspending people's driver's license limits their ability to work which only makes it more difficult for them to earn the money to pay off the debt and to build a better life. additionally, i'm proposing to make it easier for people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes to clear their names. this bill will allow individuals to petition for a writ of actual innocence if new evidence indicates they were wrongly
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convicted, even if they have pleaded guilty. last month i submitted by amendments for fiscal years 2016 through 2018. the plan i submitted addresses the commonwealth's revenue shortfall while protecting core services like education and public safety. it hasn't always been easy but our work together on the budget has always been marked by bipartisan cooperation. i particularly want to thank chairman jones, ware, norman, for your continuing partnership in dealing with virginia's budget and spending plan. our state workforce -- our state workforce is the best in america and they deserve more compensation than they currently receive. i am proud that we have worked over the past thee years
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together to pass two such salary increases. while language in our budget restricted the second raise due to our revenue shortfall, the budget offers virginia's teachers, state employees, state supported local employees, a 1.5% bonus as a stop gap until our revenue conditions allow for a permanent increase in base pay. if our revenue continues to improve, i'm igeager to work wi you to prioritize more significant pay increase. even as we have dealt with a challenging revenue picture, i budget i submitted to you does not make any program cuts to k-12 education. it also requires fewer reductions from our higher education system than originally
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anticipated. i am proud of the work that we have done together to strengthen virginia's education system from pre-k all the way through higher ed and mid-career workforce training. this session we can build on those accomplishments together. we all agree technology provides us with the opportunity to offer high quality education to students who are unable to attend school in a traditional setting. this year i'm proposing to offer full-time high quality virtual training to every single student in virginia. i am also proposing several pieces of legislation aimed at helping virginians access student financial aid and pay those loans off as quickly and easily as possible. right now, virginians collectively owe over $30 billion on student loans. but too often, those loans lack basic consumer protections against predatory loan services. to meet that challenge, i'm
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proposing a bill of rights to provide student loan borrowers with basic consumer protections and more information assistance on repaying debt. i'm also proposing legislation that will give virginians institutions of higher education the authority to restructure financial aid to incentivize students to complete degrees within four years. this proposal will help schools minimize the amount of debt students are incurring on the way to a degree. delegate kirk cox has been leaders on this issue and i look forward to working with them in the next coming weeks. as we prepare our students to work and succeed in the new virginia economy, we have a responsibility to use taxpayer dollars wisely to ensure that there are jobs waiting for them when they graduate. i know we all agree that we
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should strengthen how our commonwealth serves taxpayers with respect to economic development. i'm proud of the record-breaking successes that we have had bringing new jobs and economic activity to virginia. however, if we're going to truly build a new virginia economy, we must use every single dollar to its greatest impact creating jobs and opportunity. since it was created nearly 22 years ago, the virginia economic development partnership has served our commonwealth's primary economic development driver. there are many hardworking men and women at vedp, but as a recent jlark report identified, the organization is in need of stronger management and accountability. reforming vedp should not be a partisan issue. its problems have persisted over the terms of five previous governors and 21 general assembly sessions. i am ready to work with you to ensure that virginia's economic
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development infrastructure is delivering the return on investment that taxpayers have a right to expect. making virginia the best home to veterans and military families is another area of significant bipartisan achievement over the course of the last three years. the budget that i propose to you will expand the success that we have had connecting veterans with jobs to our v3 program. i am proposing a two-year pilot to assist veteran entrepreneurs who want to start companies in high-growth sectors. we can also direct our social service agencies to better coordinate with military authorities in the cases of family abuse and neglect of military children. these initiatives will strengthen our commonwealth's position as the best place on earth for veterans in military families to call their home.
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last year we worked together on a historic bipartisan package to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and people who cannot pass background checks. i want to thank todd gilbert for the great work in assisting us there. let's give todd a great round of applause. there goes his career. [ laughter ] i'm only teasing. come on. the legislation that we passed included the first meaningful restrictions on dangerous gun ownership in a generation. and showed the rest of the world that common sense compromise is possible on this issue. this year, we have an opportunity to strengthen the domestic violence protection law
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which is already the toughest in america. by expanding it to include non-family abuse orders as well as permanent protective orders. this change, which is being sponsored by senator janet howell and delegate kathleen murphy would keep more virginians safe from gun crime. additionally, let us make 2017 the year that we make universal background checks for firearm sales the policy of the commonwealth of virginia. over the years we've also worked together to reform our commonwealth ethic system. the reforms that we passed including the cap on gifts that could be accepted from lobbyists have contributed to a new culture of accountability here in richmond that reinforces virginia's worldwide reputation
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for clean and well-run government. i propose we ban the personal use of campaign funds. there's rule for honest disagreement on many ethical issues but should be able to agree political contributions should be spent informing voters and not in lining politicians' pockets. any effort to build a stronger economy and society must begin with giving as many virginians as possible a full voice in that society. unfortunately, here in virginia and across the nation, too many laws have been passed and designed to restrict access to democracy rather than to expand it. when it was passed, our photo i.d. law made it significantly harder for many virginians to
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vote without any evidence that voter fraud is a problem here in virginia. so this year, i hope that we will repeal that law. i will also submit legislation this season -- this session to allow non-excuse in-person absentee voting and to add a new excuse for absentee by mail for childca child caregivers. based on a simple prism. if virginia is strongest when we're working together to make it easier to vote, not harder. for the past three years, our work together has been seen far more by the bipartisanship that we have done together than divisive battles. we're not always going to agree. that's what a democracy is all about. while political fights rage in washington, we've proven time and time again that virginia is a place where leaders can still work together to get things
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done. in fact, over the past two sessions, we have worked together to pass 72% of the initiatives that i presented to you. and i sincerely thank all of you for that. we can build on that record this year but only if we remain focused on the issues that are most important to virginians. as we begin our work together this session, our neighbor, north carolina, remains mired in a divisive and counterproductive battle over laws its legislature passed that target the rights of lgbt citizens. as we have seen that state and others, attacks on equality and women's health care rights don't just embarrass the states that engage in them, it kills jobs. since north carolina legislature passed hb2 and their former governor signed it, the state has lost out on millions in economic activity and thousands of jobs. as organizations like deutsche bank, paypal, the nba, the ncaa, have withdrawn investments in
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that state. at the same time, virginia has taken a different approach. over the past three years, we've worked to send a message to the families and the job creators all over the globe that our commonwealth will not tolerate discrimination against anyone including our friends and neighbors in the lgbt community. this year, virginia competed directly with north carolina for the co-star group's new research headquarters. and we started out with a severe disadvantage when north carolina put an incentive package on the table that was three times the size of ours here in virginia. but in the end, virginia's open
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and welcoming climate shrunk north carolina's attacks on equality and co-star is bringing 732 new high-paying jobs right here to richmond, virginia. and so tonight i am simply asking for your assistance to help us bring more co-stars to virginia rather than turning them away. first, i want to make it very clear that i will veto any legislation that discriminates against lgbt virginians or undermines the constitutional health care rights of our virginia women.
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i am 71-0 on veto override votes and folks, i'm ready to keep my streak alive. but i hope you will deny me the opportunity by simply restain g i straining from sending to me things that are counterproductive to what we are trying to do with the business community. second, we must enhance our climate by erasing discrimination from our code in our constitution. after a landmark ruling by the united states supreme court in which our attorney general, mark herring, played a central role, marriage equality is now the law of our land. we should not wait for another session to comply with that ruling and let's take it out and ban it from the books here in virginia.
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in years past, virginia also created laws that are overt efforts to undermine a woman's access to reproductive health care. before i took office, i pledged to do everything i could to combat virginia's law attempting to shutter women's health clinics that offer abortion services after working to overhaul the virginia board of health and following a lengthy regulatory process, i am proud to stand here to say that we kept our promise and prevented that law from closing a single clinic here in virginia. that low along with virginia's law forcing a medically
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unnecessary ultrasound on a woman does not keep people safer or healthier. they do nothing more than inject government into decisions that should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor. so let's repeal them both this year. if we can work together to roll back unwise attacks, and stand against future proposals, we can send a clear message that virginia is a commonwealth of equal opportunity for people and job creators from every walk of life. the next 45 days offers us the opportunity to cement the progress that we have made together on so many issues and to address the problems that still need to be solved.
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if we seize this opportunity, we can continue to build a new virginia economy that works better for people from every corner of the commonwealth and every walk of life. we can bring hope to communities that are ravaged by the opiate epidemic and to families with a loved one battling a mental illness. we can strengthen our economic development efforts so every single tax plpayer dollar goes o economic opportunity and activity. we can expand virtual learning for public school students and offer low-income virginians a shot at the dream of a college education. we can make virginia an even better place to live for military families and veterans who are eager to start a successful business in our commonwealth. we can make our government even more transparent and accessible for the people who own it. and we can continue to show the nation and the world that virginia's a place where leaders come together to get things done, no matter their political points of view. three years ago, we met on the
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steps of this building and began what some might have thought was an unlikely partnership. after a very long and a very difficult campaign, we had every reason to retreat to our partisan corners. but we took a different course. we identified the issues where compromise could be reached and we got to work making life better for the people who we serve. and so this evening, as we begin our final session together, i sincerely want to say to all of you, thank you, thank you for your leadership, your partnership, dedicated to overcoming political obstacles on the way to doing the right thing. we have real incentive to work together. as the father of five, i share the dream of every single virginia parent that my children will find the opportunities to live, work and raise a family here in our home state. but that will not be possible without the vision and the leadership of the people in this
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room here tonight. and so as i conclude, i hope you will join me for one more session to strengthen the foundation that we have laid for a new virginia economy and to build upon it. i am ready to work with you to achieve the goals i set forth this evening. and i look forward to considering the legislation that you will be sending over to me in the coming days. if we take this opportunity to work together, i know that we will emerge at the end of this session with a stronger, more resilient economy, that works for all virginians. may god bless you and may god continue to bless the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth, the commonwealth of virginia. thank you.
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president trump spoke this morning at the annual national prayer breakfast. other speakers included arkansas senator john boozman and senator chris coons of delaware. you can see the entire event tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span. this weekend on "american history tv" on c-span3, saturday evening at 6:00 eastern on "the civil war" author and historian harold holzer on an abraham
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lincoln's views on immigration andests to court the german american vote early in his career. >> one in ten immigrants, one in ten, joined the union military as soon as they arrived. by lincoln's optimistic calculation, the result with black enlistment factored in and even with the dead wounded, captured and missing subtracted, was a net gain for the military and for the country at large. >> then at 8:00 on "lectures in history," early civil rights efforts to end segregation during world war ii. >> the new deal also creates spaces for african-americans and southern african-americans in particular to start to push for civil and economic rights. civil and economic rights. it gives them, again, to use roger wilkins' phrase, that human space to push for and aspire for that inclusion into the mainstream of american life.
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>> sunday afternoon at 4:00 on "real america," the 1958 united states information agency film "communist propaganda." >> mr. allen, what do the communists have to say concerning our air force? >> an american sabre jet accidentally dropped some rockets over florida. this report gives us every ground for questioning the possibility of accidents in general. since it claims that approximately 70% of the officers and enlisted men of the air force are psychoneurotic. >> and at 6:00 on "american artifacts" the museum of the american revolution is scheduled to open this spring in philadelphia. see a preview of the artifacts discovered during its construction. >> when we got them pasted together, we see it says success to the triphena, so what's the triphena? you have to go to the newspapers. so you see how urban archaeology is this interweaving of the wrn

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