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Cybersecurity: Critical Industry

September 22, 2016News ClipCommentary

The Internet is a tremendous catalyst for economic growth and provides for easy access to information. It is already an essential tool that we would find impossible to live without. As we become more dependent upon this interconnectivity, we are increasingly more vulnerable. Virginia’s leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize the critical importance of a strong cybersecurity policy.

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To Do Nothing is Also a Policy Choice

June 13, 2016Blog Post

By Paul Krizek

These tragedies occur faster than I can write about them. As a father of a teenage daughter, I planned to write about the importance of teaching our children that no means no, because one-in-five women will be sexually assaulted in her life. That figure is likely underreported due to the stigma we still attach to victims of sexual assault, rather than attach a stigma to the men who commit sexual assault.

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Krizek Tours DMV Lorton Center

May 19, 2016News Clip

Del. Paul Krizek (D-44) recently visited the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Lorton Customer Service Center to learn more about the agency’s operations and spend time with constituents. Joined by DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, Krizek greeted employees at the office located in the Gunston Plaza Shopping Center.

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Make Donations of Healthy Food

May 12, 2016News Clip

This week, I want to take a break from writing about policy and make a short important announcement regarding a dire need in the Mount Vernon-Lee area. United Community Ministries (UCM), which operates a food pantry for residents in need, is having trouble filling its shelves due to overwhelming demand. The good news is that there are many ways we can help to meet this demand.

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For Better Future, Understand the Past

May 5, 2016Blog Post

Olga Rozenberg. Aron Rozenberg. Pinkhas Rozenberg. Llova Rozenberg, Klara Grinberg, Shulom Litvak. Sadly, these are a few of the names of those killed in the Holocaust and read of as part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s Holocaust Observance Day Memorial event on Sunday, May 1, also known as Yom HaShoah, the “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism."

The actual date of Yom HaShoah is a week after Passover and marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprisings, and this year will occur from Wednesday night into Thursday, May 4-5.

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Supporting Verizon Strikers

May 5, 2016News Clip

Sunday, May 1 is May Day, where we recognize the accomplishments of organized labor. On this day the precursor to the AFL-CIO proclaimed, “Eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

While an eight-hour workday is typical for many people today, before the 1880s, it was common to work 10 to 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions. In retaliation, the Pinkerton Agency and business owners erupted in violent protest, slaughtering many workers in Chicago in what we know as the Haymarket Affair.

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Supporting Verizon Strikers

May 5, 2016News Clip

Sunday, May 1 is May Day, where we recognize the accomplishments of organized labor. On this day the precursor to the AFL-CIO proclaimed, “Eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

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The Veto Update

April 7, 2016News Clip

Rejoice! The season of Governor’s vetoes are upon us. With the Democrats picking up enough seats to sustain Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes, we are finally able to prevent some poorly-considered legislation from becoming law.

Last week, the Governor rejected legislation that would prohibit localities from making their own decisions to improve wage and benefit conditions. A number of localities have wage policies that allow the employees of contractors performing services for those localities to generate enough income to allow them to live and raise a family in the area.

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Hosting 6th Annual Amundson Institute

March 25, 2016News Clip

Recently, I recognized the sixth annual Amundson Institute scholars on the floor of the Capitol in Richmond. The Amundson Institute provides an educational opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who live in or attend a school located in the 44th district on the role of the Virginia state government and top government relations professionals. We had two students from Mount Vernon High School and two students from West Potomac participated in this year’s program.

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Final Thoughts on the Budget

March 16, 2016News Clip

The General Assembly has adjourned sine die, from the Latin “without day,” meaning without assigning a next day for this session. However, we will meet again on April 20 for the reconvene session where we will spend a day voting on whether or not to sustain the Governor’s vetoes. We can expect at least 20 vetoes, which is a good thing since some of the bills we passed deserve no less.

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