As your representative, one of Senator Chafin’s top priorities is education. Since he was first elected, he has successfully carried several pieces of legislation and budget amendments to increase teacher salaries and bring more school funding to Southwest Virginia.
In recognition of his hard work supporting education, the Virginia Education Association named Senator Chafin the 2016 Legislator of the Year and awarded him his third consecutive Education Legislative Champion Award.
During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Senator Chafin carried legislation creating a statewide health insurance pool for local governments and school systems. The new plan will give localities the option to pool their employees together in order to reduce insurance costs, creating more stability for the localities and their employees.
It is fiscally conservative and cost effective to allow these localities to buy into the new plan rather than purchase their own smaller health insurance plan. Most importantly, teachers, school employees, and local employees will likely see lower health insurance costs resulting in more take home pay. It is a common sense solution that will help local budgets while also helping teachers and local employees.