We've established over the last couple days the ties between Chris Jankowski and the Speaker of the House, Bill Howell. We have also established Clarke Hogan's ties to the Speaker as the "chosen one" that has moved past more senior members because of his popularity with the Speaker. So now, let's see what happens when Jankowski's client needs a sweetheart deal in the state budget.
Honeywell is a Virginia company that produces Caprolactam at its Hopewell plant, which is a toxic chemical. As with almost any plant that produces a toxin, they have major environmental issues. Here's one example from the "Federal Government Misconduct Database" from this same plant.
As you can imagine, Honeywell is not real popular in the surrounding community. In fact, sources in Hopewell tell me that at the Hopewell Water Treatment Facility, one half of the entire clean up needed with incoming water comes from Honeywell. Wow, that alone is something that needs to be looked into, as I couldn't find anything online to verify this.
So someone (who didn't put their name on it) put in a amendment to the budget to give Honeywell $5,000,000 to install clean up equipment at their facility instead of at the Wastewater facility. The locals were outraged- WHY would anyone want this new equipment only used at Honeywell instead of for the entire community. (Hint: Honeywell would so they wouldn't be getting blamed for so much pollution).
The outraged community contacted their local Delegates, Riley Ingram (member of Appropriations) and Joe Morrissey. Neither one knew about this amendment. Enraged, Ingram exploded at the Republican Caucus meeting, screaming at the member who slipped this in without their name on it. The caucus decided this would be removed from the budget.
And then the fun on the floor begins...
This is a "committee amendment" by the way "not proposed by any particular person" according to Delegate Hogan. Ha.
And when is the last time anyone saw the Speaker get so upset that he interrupted debate on the floor to ask "What purpose this line of questioning has?"