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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The Great Medicaid Debate
8:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Are There Options Beyond July 1st?

Credit wamu.org

What's next?  It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative. 

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Budget Stalemate
8:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

State Colleges & Universities Scramble for a Backup Plan

We're officially into the second month of the Virginia General Assembly’s stalemate over Medicaid expansion—and no two-year budget.

While there's discussion of a possible government shutdown if lawmakers don't reach a compromise by July first, state business must continue in the interim.

That means the state's colleges and universities are now discussing contingency plans.

 

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Long Range Planning
4:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Six Appointed to Transportation Board

Major changes are unfolding in how transportation planning takes place in Virginia. Either one-third of the 18-member Commonwealth Transportation Board have had their terms expire or were "transitioned off," according to Governor McAuliffe.  

The Governor says the six new members he’s appointing will greatly contribute to easing congestion on the roads, promoting economic development, and supporting local communities

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State Tax Code
4:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tax-Equality for Same Sex Couples

 While Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged, supporters of overturning the ban are optimistic that eventually, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedoms that other married couples do. But in the meantime, some are calling on the governor, attorney general, and lawmakers to make life easier for those who were married outside of Virginia—and it's as simple as changing the state tax code. Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to allow married lesbian and gay couples to file their state tax returns based on their fede

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Science & Technology
2:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Students Tour Virginia's Secure Laboratory

Some Virginia students, along with First Lady Dorothy McAulifee, got a first-hand look at the State Department of General Services’ secure laboratory.  It was part of National Laboratory Week and the experience of seeing DNA and bacteria, is offered to only a few. 

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