Virginia’s secretary of commerce and trade to speak at Get Active

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s new secretary of commerce and trade, is scheduled to speak at Get Active, VAR’s Legislative Conference on Wednesday February 12, following REALTOR® Day on the Hill.

In his new position, Jones will oversee six state agencies including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Department of Housing and Community Development, making his views on housing and the real estate economy especially important for REALTORS®.

His new role will also include the oversight of economic development in Virginia. Among other tasks, Jones will be working to entice businesses and jobs to the state, which could prove a boon to the housing market.

A Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from UVa., Jones had been serving as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until recruited by Governor McAuliffe. He served under Governor Mark Warner as deputy chief of staff and commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services, and as publisher of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

Click here for more information about (and to register for) Get Active and REALTOR® Day on the Hill.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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2 Responses to Virginia’s secretary of commerce and trade to speak at Get Active

  1. Dawn M West says:

    Let’s see if Mr. Jones gets rid of Or at least, seek to abolish the BPOL tax on businesses in the state of Virginia. Also known as and quoted in the bill: “The BPOL tax is a tax on the privilege of doing business in a given jurisdiction” Please note: This “Tax” was enacted in 1812 was to fund the War of 1812…. and over the years, it has morphed into a supplemental Taxation…. w/businesses throughout the state where as some counties have waived this “taxation”. Other words, taking from the rich and giving to the masses.

    http://www.policylibrary.tax.virginia.gov/OTP/Policy.nsf/ccd0d2ea93db9ba485256968006a39ed/716cd05cfa14083f85256cc5006cbac6

    Census will show, on a State level that where this BPOL taxation has been waived, business and communities are doing BETTER the those that tax their local businesses. “You will need to dig through this web site & know which counties have waived this BPOL Taxation, & here is a start: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51000.html

    BUT after seeing the current, HB 497 legislation & the current process of ruling into law, it actually looks like more rules and regulations are being ADDED to the BPOL taxation code; NOT abolished. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB497

    So much for entertaining businesses coming to Virginia were states Like Texas, South Carolina and Florida are making less taxation deals w/companies… creating more jobs & stimulating the communities.

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