Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

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Mark Herring Makes Changes
8:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

VA's Attorney General is Hoping to Improve Office Efficiency

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Virginia's Attorney General believes he can save the Commonwealth money and expedite legal proceedings associated with his office by a series of reforms that he says brings the office into the 21st century. 

   

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Chesterfield County
7:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Chinese Company Bringing Jobs to the Old Dominion

The McAuliffe administration has somehow beat every other state in the nation by inking what it says is the largest Chinese greenfield economic development project within the U.S. The deal with a leading Chinese pulp and paper company will result in a two-billion dollar investment, two-thousand new jobs, and millions more in agricultural revenue. 

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Services Slashed
4:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Morning After: Budget Reaction

Some Virginia policy analysts say after months of stalling and keeping constituents on the edge of their seats, the General Assembly still blundered by passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.

Groups that include Virginia Organizing, Progress Virginia, and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis say that not only has the budget left hundreds of thousands of Virginians without affordable healthcare options—but residents are left with a gaping budgetary hole that needs to be filled.  

 

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Signing Ceremony
4:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Veteran-Friendly Legislation

Credit USS Wisconsin Facebook, Photo submitted b Jeffrey J. Jankowski, Timothy Snipes.

Nearly three years after Virginia Public Radio told you about the growing problem of veterans’ homelessness in the Commonwealth, the state is putting pen to paper to help put an end to it. 

The legislation is one of 10 veteran-friendly bills that Governor McAuliffe ceremonially signed into law  at the World War II Battleship Wisconsin museum in Norfolk.

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Budget Negotiations
4:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rainy Day Fund

The state's economists and fiscal experts are urging lawmakers to pass a budget as soon as possible to help mitigate lower revenues by tapping into the state's rainy day fund.

They informed the House Appropriations Committee that if lawmakers don't act soon, the state has much to lose.

Like April, May's revenue forecast is still lower than projected. At this rate, the House Appropriation Committee’s Robert Vaughn says the projected deficit carried into fiscal year 20-15 is hundreds of millions of dollars.

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