Our Policies and Capabilities
Since its inception in 2009, Middle Resolution has successfully helped the legislature pass the following laws in Virginia
Successfully led broad coalitions to:
- enact Virginia Photo Identification required for voting (2012)
- defeat Medicaid expansion (2013-2017)
- defeat government run health insurance exchanges(2013)
- introduce and pass Direct Primary Care Legislation (2017). This free market solution for health care allows individuals and businesses to contract with primary care physicians outside of health insurance laws and prevents the health commissioner from regulating these contracts
In order to accomplish these goals Middle Resolution built out the following capabilities:
1. Campaign Vetting - We vet and endorse candidates based on a variety of factors including:
- District analysis and determination of competitiveness
- Campaign organization and viability
- Candidate policy positions, guiding principles and overall suitability for elected office
2. Campaign Support - We provide support for all facets of a campaign including:
- Financial assistance
- General advice and consulting
- Targeted campaign support services
- Briefings on legislation in preparation for taking office
3. Coalition Development to Support Candidates and Legislative Agendas
4. Candidate and Volunteer Training
Current legislative initiatives we support include:
1. Education Reform
- Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts (HB1605 (2017)) – Permits the parent of a public preschool, elementary, or secondary school student who meets certain criteria to apply to the school division in which the student resides for a one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to a certain percentage of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes. The bill permits the parent to use the moneys in such account for certain education-related expenses of the student, including tuition, deposits, fees, and required textbooks at a private, sectarian or nonsectarian elementary or secondary school or preschool, or home school that is located in the Commonwealth and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
- Education Improve Scholarships Tax Credit Increase (HB1962 (2017)) - Increases the Education Improvement Scholarships tax credit from 65 percent to 90 percent of the value of donations made to nonprofit scholarship foundations, beginning in taxable year 2018.
- Register of Funds Expended (SB795 (2017)) - Requires every locality and each school division located within the locality to post on the public government website of the locality a register of all funds expended, showing vendor name, date of payment, amount, and a description of the type of expense, including credit card purchases with the same information.
- Establishment of Virginia Virtual School Board (HB1400 (2017)) - Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School (the Board) as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of governing the full-time virtual school programs offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School (the School).
- Regional Schools of Innovation (HB1981 (2017)) - Requires the Board of Education to promulgate regulations for the designation of School Divisions of Innovation in which the local school board in the local school division or any school therein so designated shall, pursuant to a plan of innovation, be exempted from certain regulatory provisions and be permitted to adopt alternative policies for school administrators, teachers, and staff to meet the diverse needs of students and to improve student learning; educational performance; and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills in the local school division or any school therein.
- Charter School Constitutional Amendment (SJ240 (2017)) - Grants the Board of Education authority, subject to criteria and conditions prescribed by the General Assembly, to establish charter schools within the school divisions of the Commonwealth.
- Utilize Provisions in the Every Students Succeeds Act to Reform Education – In 2015 congress passed the ESSA, which is a follow-up to No Child Left Behind. ESSA delegates more power to the states and their local governments allowing them to have more authority in K-12 education. Our objectives are to use the increased local control to provide more education opportunities for families, strengthen our performing school systems and reforming failing schools.
2. Healthcare Reform
- Certificate of Public Need Reform (HB2337 (2017) - Creates a two-phase process to sunset certificate of public need (COPN) requirements for many categories of medical care facilities and projects,
- Defeat All Attempts to Expand the Affordable Care Act – We will continue to closely monitor all legislation written to expand Medicaid or other provisions of the ACA that grow government healthcare in Virginia.
- Resolution to Call for a Convention of States (HJ3(2017)– As pursuant Article V of the U.S. Constitution, we are working to pass a resolution calling for a Convention the States that would amend the U.S. Constitution to rein in government overreach.
4. Election Law Reform
- Absentee Ballot (HB1428(2017) – Photo identification required for absentee applications and ballots
- Voter Registration (HB1598 (2017) – Proof of citizenship required to register to vote.
- Voter Identification (SB1253 (2017) – Photograph contained in electronic pollbook.
- Third Party Registration Groups (HB1430(2017) - Requires all third-parties conducting registration drive to register with local election office and only to use numbered forms