Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Year End News from Mike Watson



News Update

December 2, 2014



It's almost here, Christmas that is.  And, what a better way to kick off the Christmas spirit than an evening in Christmas Town.


We've still got plenty of tickets remaining. Most folks like to get Thanksgiving festivities complete before planning Christmas so with just 12 days until the event I hope you'll reserve your ticket today.


You'll see from this newsletter, I remain engaged in promoting jobs & education; even energy issues from time to time.  I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work with small businesses through the BDC and the VA Chamber & now to help with workforce development & other college & university issues through my appointment to the House Advisory Committee on Higher Ed.  Both issues will have me in Richmond in January.


In the next 3 weeks however, I'll focus on family, business, and of course Christmas.  My VA & NC co-workers will gather at our Virgina office next week for our annual celebration and lunch meeting where I'll introduce our new company website & digital marketing plan, some of which I learned through my campaign; although Amy rejected the 'face on the plate' theme (you have to be in our TV market to get that).


We especially Iook forward to having all our boys back home for Christmas and making our annual trek to the Hopewell Optimist Club Christmas Tree lot where I helped out as a kid and my dad's been a member for over 50 years. On Christmas eve-eve, my entire family will gather at my parents home to feast on turkey, share gifts, and give thanks to our heavenly father who provided it all.  After all, that is what Christmas is all about.


I hope that you'll have similar opportunities to share the holiday with friends & family.  And, if you or a loved one are far away defending our nation, please know that you will be in our thoughts and  prayers this Christmas season.


Thank you,




This Newsletter paid for by

Friends of Mike Watson

Just 12 more days!    

Friends, join us for the 3rd annual

'Christmas Town Celebration' with the Friends of Mike Watson campaign committee.  As always, the afternoon will be filled with food, friendship, and an evening in Busch Garden's beautiful Christmas Town.  Another great feature, you'll avoid traffic by getting in the gate a couple hours before the park opens with a shuttle directly to the event. If you've not purchased your ticket, you can  do so now by clicking here.


Appointment to Legislative Advisory Committee 

In November, I was asked to serve on a new General Assembly Advisory Committee on Higher Education.  This is a great opportunity to advance one of the key initiatives I worked on as legislator, helping to prepare students for the jobs that exist today and in the future.  As the committee's only member representing private sector employers, I welcome the opportunity to share the concerns of business leaders as we discuss the challenges faced at Virginia's universities and colleges.  As a dad with a recent college graduate, a college student, and another who's looking, I can share my experiences as a tuition paying parent as we address curriculum, tuition, and other student concerns.    

Read the entire release by clicking here


HB1123 to be revisited in 2015 session

Last summer I drafted a bill to protect student's rights at Virginia universities.  Unable to patron the bill myself in 2014, I asked my friend, Delegate Rick Morris, to carry it.  We presented HB1123 to the House Higher Ed subcommittee. With strong opposition from the academic community, it failed to garner the necessary votes.  However, in light of recent devastating news and a renewed focus on disciplinary procedures at our state's institutions, this bill may be viewed through a different lens in 2015. Click here to read more


New EPA Mandates - What you should know

You've likely heard that the EPA has recently proposed new regulations to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions from electric power generators.   Articles written by the SCC, VA Chamber President Barry DuVal, and Dominion Power describe the potential impact of these regulations on the cost and reliability of energy in our state.  They note how Virginia is disproportionately targeted as we receive little credit for the many proactive steps already taken in our energy strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and they warn of additional costs to Virginia ratepayers should these new mandates survive.  I know it's easy to glaze over these articles.  No doubt, energy policy isn't sexy to most; besides, it's a fool's errand to challenge the EPA anyway, right?  Maybe not; this is an important issue that affects you and every other citizen or business that relies on dependable energy and it will cost everyone who pays an electric bill.  So bear with me and read on if you will, as this issue will be before the General Assembly soon.  There are some startling facts that should be known by everyone and plenty of reason to challenge these regulations…Please read on by clicking here


Friends of Mike Watson - Contributions

Please consider contributing to the The Friends of Mike Watson campaign committee today.  You can do so via mail or on-line using PayPal or any major credit card. Contributions will support mail, web & social media, office expenses, and help place the committee in an advantageous position for its next campaign.  If you would like to help please click here or mail your check to:


Friends of Mike Watson

PO Box 6628

Williamsburg, VA 23188


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