The General Assembly will continue its work to create an environment that fosters economic growth. The House of Delegates has defeated 26 separate tax hikes since 2003, saving families and businesses over $30.2 billion. Delegate Landes will continue to seek ways to provide regulatory relief to small businesses, encourage innovators and entrepreneurs, and create real economic growth for Virginia families.
Delegate Landes sponsored legislation creating the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund that established an economic development grant and loan program targeted specifically at agricultural and forestry operations. Additionally, he sponsored legislation, which created a Small Business Jobs Grant Fund administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity for jobs created. To promote agriculture and assist rural areas in Virginia, he introduced legislation that created the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as part of the Governor’s Cabinet and established the Center for Rural Virginia.
Delegate Landes will continue to find ways to ensure Virginia’s status as one of the best states for business. Last session, he introduced House Bill 858 that created the Virginia International Trade Corporation to promote international trade in the Commonwealth by coordinating private and public efforts to stimulate the international trade segment of the state's economy and marketing products and services. His pro-business efforts in the 2016 General Assembly session earned him “Legislator of the Year” awards from both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Retail Merchants Association.
This session, Delegate Landes has introduced HB 1968, which makes changes to the Small Business Investment Grant Fund to make it easier for investor applicants to qualify for grants and provide more benefits for investor applicants; HB 1969, which reduces the minimum percentage of revenues that a small business must derive from out-of-state sources in order to be eligible for grants from the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program; and HB 2220, which creates a new limited mixed beverage license for retail cigar shops.