While other states with a high military presence brace for the effects of sequestration, Virginia leaders are preparing for a double whammy with the possibility of another Base Realignment and Closure of key facilities.
Virginia Republicans who voted for Governor McDonnells transportation bill are preparing to defend themselves against primary challengers who accuse them of supporting higher taxes...and an administrative skirmish in Chesterfield County has cost the circuit court clerk part of her staff.
Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.
Lawmakers in the region are divided over a measure to give more flexibility to the FAA while leaving strict spending requirements in place for other parts of the government.
Airport delays caused by the sequester may soon be a thing of the past. The legislation gives the FAA flexibility so air traffic controllers can get back to work.
Critics say those budget cuts only impact a small minority of the public, like business people and lawmakers themselves, while other parts of sequestration are hitting more vulnerable populations, like low income school children.
Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from participating in new health insurance exchanges. While critics say the idea is hypocritical … at least one lawmaker in the region says it’s a valid option.