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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Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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Americans with Disabilities Act
4:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Group Homes for the Disabled

When Department of Justice told Virginia that it must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, the state reached a compromise.

The plan was to close four of its institutions and provide thousands of waiver slots through Medicaid for community-based housing. Now, the major stakeholders have met to evaluate the plan’s progress.

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Transportation
8:51 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Weighing in on Transportation Funding

While Virginians wait for the dust to settle and lawmakers breathe a sigh of relief that the transportation funding battle is over, the nonprofit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has combed through the rubble to examine its effects. 

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Social Security Benefits
9:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Reaction to "Chained CPI" in Budget

A large contingent of Virginians says it will pressure congressional representatives to vote against a proposal by the Obama administration that cuts into Social Security benefits.

The AARP is part of the group that says the "Chained CPI" proposal breaks the promise made to millions of Americans. 

While the Consumer Price Index calculates inflation through the costs of basic goods, the Chained CPI factors in lower demand and the substitutions that consumers make when costs are higher.  Thus, it lowers cost-of-living adjustments for inflation.  

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Government & Politics
12:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Being Distracted While Walking

Virginia lawmakers may have just approved a measure to crack down on distracted driving, but the Commonwealth has another problem with preoccupied residents in the form of distracted pedestrians.

While this challenge has not garnered the attention of texting while driving, more Virginians are dying because of mobile devices and a lack of awareness. 

In 2011, Virginia had 75 pedestrian fatalities. A year later, the number rose significantly to 101.

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