Adopted by Arlington County Board on December 10, 2005
Budget Priority Issues:
Chesapeake Bay & Water Quality: Support stable, adequate, and equitable funding for the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund.
Psychiatric Bed Crisis in Northern Virginia and State Mental Health and Mental Retardation System: Increase state funds for Northern Virginia to purchase more beds; raise the Northern Virginia daily rate for inpatient beds for these patients; and increase funding for successfully discharging patients into the community; support other efforts to improve state and community-based care in the mental health and mental retardation system.
1. Legislation of Significance to Arlington: Support
B. Civil Rights Initiatives:
C. Affordable Housing:
D. Public Safety: Provide enhanced authority to localities to regulate dangerous dogs.
E. Energy and the Environment: Support legislation that encourages conservation and energy efficiency, including incentives for the development of renewable forms of energy.
F. Public Health & Environment: Authorize local governments to regulate smoking in public places.
2. Legislation of Significance to Arlington: Monitor or Oppose
A. Local Authority
B. Civil Rights
C. Tax/Revenue Issue
3. Northern Virginia Regional Legislative Issues
A. Pedestrian safety: Support Northern Virginia effort to require drivers to stop, not just yield, at all marked crosswalks statewide.
B. Transportation Funding: Support state budget and legislation to increase transportation funding for all modes from one or more stable, reliable, and permanent sources; fully fund the Commonwealth’s statutory 95 percent share of transit operating and capital costs (cost) approximately $200 million in additional funds); and create a dedicated funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
C. Increased State Funding for Court System Employees, Including Public Defender’s Office: Support increased state funding for magistrates, district court employees, public defenders, and probation officers.
D. Restrictions on Services to Immigrants and Related Issues: Oppose new federal or state actions that would compromise traditional local government programs and services; oppose mandates of local government enforcement of federal immigration laws by local law enforcement officers or other local officials; and support state action to call for federal accountability for enforcement of federal immigration laws.
E. Medicaid Reimbursement: Support a Northern Virginia reimbursement differential of 17.5 percent, consistent with the JLARC study for Northern Virginia. Increase Medicaid waiver rates.
F. Services for Older Persons: Support additional State funding to communities to increase and better integrate services, such as home-delivered meals, transportation, and mental health programs.
G. Poverty Issues: Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, provide maximum flexibility and additional funding for TANF. Increase the state minimum wage.