Entries by Robert Andrews

McNamara Provides Tax Relief to Struggling Virginians

Delegate Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), working alongside Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and Senator Steve Newman (R-Bedford), reached a bipartisan compromise on tax conformity during the 2021 General Assembly session. This will deliver up to $221 million in tax relief for individuals and businesses in the 8th District and across the Commonwealth — despite a Democrat-controlled legislature […]

McNamara Legislation Helps Schools Respond to Emergencies

ROANOKE, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam signed the “Remote Learning” bill this week, which allows unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather and emergency situations that prevent in-person learning. Delegate Joe McNamara, who represents parts of the Roanoke and New River valleys, introduced the bill to the House of Delegates, and state Sen. David Suetterlein, who […]

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McNamara and Head call for in-person session

Republican lawmakers call for in-person session, when General Assembly reconvenes By Joe Dashiell Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 8:03 PM EST|Updated: 18 hours ago ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Two Republican lawmakers from western Virginia say they plan to be in Richmond when the General Assembly reconvenes. And they are calling for the House of Delegates to hold […]

McNamara: Democrats Continue to Leave Leadership Vaccuum

Tomorrow, August 18, 2020, The Virginia General Assembly will convene for a Special Session. It will mark nearly five months since the legislature has met. During this time, Virginia has weathered the worst pandemic in a century, a severe economic recession, and mounting civil unrest. People are unemployed, public schools face uncertainty as they attempt […]

McNamara breaks down average Virginia Teacher Salary

“NORFOLK — To help lawmakers tackle a bipartisan goal of raising teacher pay, state budget staff tried to untangle for them exactly what the average teacher’s pay is in the state. The takeaway: There are different ways to calculate that number, but it’s clear some districts fall far below any of those averages while others easily […]

Joe McNamara on working in a “flipped” General Assembly

  Radio Interview: 8th district Republican delegate Joe McNamara earned his first full 2-year term to the General Assembly tonight after winning a special election last November. McNamara topped Democrat challenger Darlene Lewis. Before the General Assembly session reconvenes in January,  Before it was confirmed that Democrats had flipped both the House of Delegates and […]