Local Government http://wvtf.org en VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation http://wvtf.org/post/va-lawmakers-debate-border-crisis-situation <p>Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children.&nbsp;The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:22:43 +0000 Matt Laslo 24789 at http://wvtf.org VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door http://wvtf.org/post/va-general-assemblys-revolving-door <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly.</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:05:21 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 23974 at http://wvtf.org The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door Many Unknowns When It Comes to State and Local Budgets http://wvtf.org/post/many-unknowns-when-it-comes-state-and-local-budgets <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring is the season when Virginia’s local governments put the finishing touches on their own budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; But they’re finding it difficult to craft their spending plans without knowing exactly how many dollars they will receive from the state-which is unknown due to the state budget impasse.&nbsp; They’re trying to get the job done, anyway, and in some cases, with consequences to local taxpayers.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:41:15 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 20661 at http://wvtf.org Many Unknowns When It Comes to State and Local Budgets What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley? http://wvtf.org/post/what-does-future-hold-new-river-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the </span>NRV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is complete and ready to be acted upon. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:58:50 +0000 Robbie Harris 17448 at http://wvtf.org What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley? Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability http://wvtf.org/post/mental-health-report-addresses-accountability <p>There’s new information on the state of the mental health system in Virginia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report issued by the state’s inspector general reveals that Virginia is spending millions of dollars annually to house mental health patients who no longer qualify or need state care.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the latest report by the Office of the State Inspector General, there are mental health patients occupying beds that could otherwise be used by people requiring emergency or long-term psychiatric care.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:40:58 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 17447 at http://wvtf.org Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability