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.
“All is not well—Rosy Surplus Numbers Don't Erase Damage from Budget Cuts.” That's the title of the latest report by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.
And the organization's president says as candidates campaign for election to the entire General Assembly this November, it's imperative that voters have a conversation with them about the state's long-term budget problems.
Advocates of stronger cancer prevention policies say Virginia is one of nearly half of the states that fall behind when it comes to legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer. As a result, in 2015 alone nearly 14,200 state residents will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, and more than 14,800 will actually die from it.
Brian Donohue with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Virginia could enact evidence-based laws that are proven to save lives and reduce suffering.
Virginia leaders are applauding this year’s gains in student Standards of Learning tests, especially since the Department of Education made the assessments more rigorous. But, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would still like to see improvement—particularly for English language-learners.
Advocates say proposed changes to Virginia’s voter registration form will help prevent voter disenfranchisement and simplify the process. But they’re not getting a warm reception from a number of state lawmakers and especially registrars. With less than a month away before the State Board of Elections meets again, some are asking that the Board scrap the revisions and start anew.