The General Assembly continues 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. This past session, he introduced House Bills 1968 and 1969, legislation making it easier for small businesses seeking grant funding and House Bill 1970, which enabled counties to establish economic revitalization zones. He also introduced House Bill 2341, requiring private sector business and industry representation in the Commonwealth's Board of Education. All of these bills become law effective July 1, 2017.
Delegate Landes’ record in the 2017 General Assembly session earned him the title of “Champion of Free Enterprise” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. 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. Landes has a lifetime “A+” rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.