Delegate Comstock's support for and focus on jobs and the economy has earned her the endorsements of job creators and entrepreneurs throughout the District. She has been endorsed by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC, the Northern Virginia Technology Council's TechPAC, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association among others, as well as many business leaders throughout Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth. Read more about some of these endorsements here.
HB 1447, Research and Development Tax Credit: Delegate Comstock was the Chief Co-Sponsor of a Research and Development tax credit bill, which brought us in line with over 30 states, which already have this credit. This bill, which passed with broad bi-partisan support, will help companies bring new technologies to the market. As The Washington Post reported, members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Biotechnology Association called this measure a "resounding win."
HB 2197, Telework Tax Credit: Comstock's Telework bill, which passed overwhelmingly, will grant employers a tax credit for expenses incurred in developing and implementing telework arrangements for employees. The bill is both a family-friendly work policy as well as a transportation congestion solution. It was supported by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which has long been a leader in promoting telework policies, as well as by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Small Business Partnership. Read an Op-Ed that Comstock wrote earlier this year about the benefits of teleworking.
HB 2052, Secret Ballot Protection: Delegate Tim Hugo and Delegate Barbara Comstock introduced legislation to require the use of secret ballots in any union election and to prohibit the so called "card check" method of union elections which could force unions on a workplace without individuals having the right to vote in private. Because of federal regulatory agencies trying to impose unionization by regulation, Hugo and Comstock introduced this measure to protect Virginia workers and workplaces. When the U.S. Congress tried to eliminate the right to a secret ballot through the card check bill, even liberal icons like George McGovern called it "a disturbing and undemocratic overreach." George McGovern has noted that there are many documented cases where workers have been "pressured, harassed, tricked and intimidated into signing cards" that then lead to unionized workplaces. While HR 2052 passed in the House of Delegates with bipartisan support, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee did not vote out this worker protection measure.