NVTC's Public Policy News Update

February 10, 2011

In This Issue

NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond

NVTC 2011 Legislative Priorities Update

2011 Budget Takes Form

Stay Connected with NVTC's Advocacy Team in Richmond

NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond

As the 2011 General Assembly session approached the halfway point last week, members of NVTC's Board of Directors and the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees spent a day in Richmond to discuss NVTC's legislative priorities with policymakers.

NVTC participants included NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC Chair and Salient Federal Solutions President and CEO Brad Antle, NVTC TechPAC Chairman Dendy Young of McLean Capital, NVTC Vice President of Public Policy Josh Levi, Todd House of Micron Technology, Rob Quartel of NTELX, Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, Matt Queen of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Keith Wine of ACS, A Xerox Company, Matthew Calkins of Appian, Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Doug Beck of ICF, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC and Robert Templin of Northern Virginia Community College.

NVTC representatives meet with Delegates Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), Ben Cline
(R-Amherst), Tag Greason (R-Sterling) and Barbara Comstock (R-McLean)

The group participated in legislative meetings with Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg) and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), as well as Delegate Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Delegate Tag Greason (R-Sterling), Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Delegate Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), Delegate Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Delegate Joe May (R-Leesburg) and Delegate Jackson Miller (R-Manassas).

Delegate Comstock also recognized and welcomed the group during the floor session of the House of Delegates.

In addition, the NVTC delegation spent part of the day meeting with members of Gov. Bob McDonnell's Cabinet including Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.

NVTC meets with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey.

The delegation also attended a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Education where Kilberg testified in support of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011. This legislation represents a first step on the path to adding more than 100,000 Virginians with college degrees to the workforce over the next 15 years; places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math, healthcare and other high-demand subjects; and promotes affordable access to education through key reforms to promote long-term affordability.

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NVTC 2011 Legislative Priorities Update

On Tuesday, February 8, the General Assembly hit "crossover," the point at which the House completed work on all House bills and the Senate completed work on all Senate bills. The House will spend the duration of the legislative session acting on bills that have passed the Senate while the Senate will be acting on bills that passed the House. While NVTC has compiled an expansive bill tracking index for bills of interest to NVTC members, the outline below provides updates on several highlighted NVTC priorities. For a detailed status update on the bills referenced, click on the bill number to be referred to the General Assembly's Legislative Information System website.

  • Research & Development Tax Credit
    • HB 1447, Delegate Ben Cline (R-Amherst)
    • SB 1326, Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)
      This legislation would provide an R&D income tax credit to promote innovation and job creation across Virginia and to boost industry-sponsored research and collaboration with Virginia's universities. Thirty-eight states offer an R&D tax credit and passage of this legislation will enhance Virginia's competitiveness as a preferred location for research.

  • Gov. McDonnell's Transportation Package
    • HB 2527, Speaker Bill Howell (R- Stafford)
    • SB 1446, Sens. William Wampler (R-Bristol) and Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William)
      The legislation will allocate state revenues and leverage the prudent use of bonds to inject $4 billion to accelerate road, transit and rail projects in the Commonwealth over the next three years, accelerating congestion-relief efforts and boosting job-creation and economic development efforts statewide.

  • Investment in Research and Technology
    • HB 2324, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)
    • SB 1485, Sens. Steve Newman (R-Lynchburg) and Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)
      This legislation expands Virginia's Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund to accelerate entrance of new products and services to the market, incentivize collaboration between institutions of higher education and companies engaged in research in high-growth, emerging industries and provide new resources to attract and retain eminent researchers at Virginia universities. The Governor has proposed $25 million in new funding to launch the expanded fund and boost Virginia's technology research competitiveness.

  • The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011
    • HB 2510, Delegates Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg)
    • SB 1459, Sens. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) and Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)
      This legislation provides a roadmap for achieving an additional 100,000 undergraduate (associate and bachelor's) degrees for Virginians over the next 15 years and focuses on increasing the number of science, technology engineering and math graduates in the state. It provides for sustained reform-based investment and innovation in delivery of higher education services and provides enrollment-based funding to increase access for qualified Virginia students at public and private colleges and universities.

  • Telework Tax Credit
    • HB 2197, Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-McLean)
    • SB 1335, Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)
      This legislation establishes a telework tax credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee to assist companies in defraying costs associated with establishing or expanding a telework program.

  • Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; criteria for awarding grants or loans
    • HB 1982, Delegates Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Luke Torian (D-Dumfries), Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) and House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)
    • SB 1379, Sens. William Stanley (R-Danville) and George Barker (D-Fairfax)
      This legislation expands eligibility thresholds for the Governor's Opportunity Fund so that additional business incentives can be leveraged to attract more data centers, critical technology infrastructure businesses and emerging technology companies to the Commonwealth.

To track individual bills or issues throughout the legislative session visit the General Assembly's Legislative Information System or reference NVTC's 2011 Bill Tracking Index.

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2011 Budget Takes Form

On Sunday, February 6, the General Assembly's budget-writing committees released competing House and Senate budget proposals, which provide for each body's adjustments to the more than $80 billion biennial 2010-2012 budget submitted by Gov. Bob McDonnell in December. House and Senate budget conferees will spend the final three weeks of the legislative session in negotiations to hammer out differences between the two budget proposals.

While the House and Senate each provide $5 million in funding to support a new R&D tax credit, their proposals differ on the $25 million technology fund Gov. McDonnell provided in the budget. The Senate reduces the appropriation to $10 million and directs the entire amount to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund with $2 million specifically designated for state matching SBIR funds. The House directs $5 million to the CIT Gap Fund and $5 million to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund with the remaining $15 million directed to Virginia universities for STEM and research activities.

For more information about the House and Senate budget proposals, please visit Legislative Information Service's State Budget page.

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Stay Connected with NVTC's Advocacy Team in Richmond

NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the legislative session, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, ideas or suggestions:

NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi (jlevi@nvtc.org 703-268-5140)

NVTC Public Policy Manager Joe Vidulich (jvidulich@nvtc.org 703-268-5135)

NVTC members are encouraged to join the NVTC Public Policy Forum group on LinkedIn, where members can exchange ideas and provide feedback and direction to NVTC's advocacy team on critical policy issues affecting the Northern Virginia technology community.

NVTC's members also are invited to participate in weekly legislative conference calls with the NVTC advocacy team. Each Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. through February 25, our advocacy team will update participants on the goings on in Richmond. Please send an e-mail to Joe Vidulich (jvidulich@nvtc.org) if you would like to receive notice and call-in information for NVTC's weekly conference calls.

The House of Delegates and Senate offer live streaming video of the 2011 Legislative Session, broadcasting from each chamber every day of the session.

House Video Stream

Senate Video Stream

For more information about NVTC's advocacy efforts, please visit us online at http://www.nvtc.org/advocacy/ and follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic. You can also learn more about NVTC TechPAC, the Northern Virginia technology community's state-level PAC at: www.nvtctechpac.org.

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