The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out. The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.
Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.
The issue of gun control will be on the minds of state officials today, as lobbyists prepare to deliver their message to lawmakers.
Virginia’s General Assembly will consider more than 60 gun-related bills this session. One, favored by some Republicans, would require every school board to designate a staff member or volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school property. Another would make it illegal for public agencies to assist the federal government in completing a criminal background check in connection with the sale of a gun.
The spending bill signed into law by the president last week has a lot in it for Virginia.
Virginia possibly makes out better than any other state from the one point one trillion dollar spending bill. The state’s economy took a hit in two thousand thirteen. Many federal contractors and workers suffered through pay cuts as they were furloughed. Then there’s the government shutdown which ripped around twenty four billion dollars out of the U-S economy. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says this bill provides the certainly the state has needed.
The Virginia State Senate has passed legislation that uses unemployment benefits to help keep employees on the job in lieu of being laid off.
Nearly two dozen other states participate in what's called a "shared work" program. Senator Bill Stanley, the sponsor of the legislation, says it's an important step in Virginia to save jobs, especially when employers are anticipating a downturn in their business and must cut costs.
Under this law, the employees won’t be laid off and won’t lose money altogether when their hours are reduced.
Many Virginians will resolve this new year to exercise more -- but Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has discovered limits to what working out can achieve.
Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?
So, one day I was at the gym exercising on the calf-stretching machine. As you might imagine, calf-stretching is boring, so I looked to my left to see my friend, Debbie who sat inside this claw-like apparatus, pushing up and out against what looked like a heavy weight.
Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.
Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations. Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.