• Legislative Coffee with Delegate Carrie Coyner and Senator Joe Morrissey

    Hopewell’s Delegate and Senator strolled through the newly renovated American Legion Club House early June 18 and chatted with veteran members and Legion staff.  Following the tour they shared highlights from last year’s legislative session that is resulting in some changes effective July 1 while we enjoyed coffee from Guncotton Coffee and breakfast from the Legion.

    Both Delegate Coyner and Senator Morrissey run their own small businesses and therefore relate well to the issues of concern to chamber members.  Although they touched on special advocacy areas which were environmental and justice reform for Morrissey and education and justice reform for Coyner, both expressed unity on the issue of being sure that the unintended consequences of regulation were minimized by “minimized by General Assembly action on bills”.  The phrase “work across the aisle” was used frequently.

    Chamber member businesses shared concerns over worker shortage and continued supplementary unemployment benefits, support for efficiencies in our VEC system, and concerns over burdensome policies that would negatively impact the manufacturing sector, a major economic engine in the region.
    A voice from the healthcare sector spoke in favor of continued support and innovation for workforce training and certification.

    Also, both representatives encouraged citizens and businesses to contact their office for assistance because they can and do help:

    Senator Joe Morrissey
    701 German School Road
    Richmond, VA 23225
    Phone: (804) 737-1626

    Delegate Carrie Coyner

    9910 Wagners Way, P.O. Box 58
    Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Office: (804) 698-1062
    Our time with them was short so we could not cover all matters of interest to the attendees.  To learn more about our elected officials voting records visit www.vmap.org. To learn more about some of the issues affecting small business visit www.nfib.com.