VA Lawmakers Hoping for a More Productive 2015

Dec 31, 2014
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Virginia lawmakers are bemoaning the meager work accomplished in Washington in 2014. A look at how some lawmakers fear 2015 may once again bring stiff budget cuts that would hurt the state’s economy. 

Budget Update from VA's Governor

Dec 17, 2014

Governor McAuliffe told the General Assembly’s money committees Wednesday that while they made great strides in closing the state's budget shortfall, much more needs to be done to secure Virginia's future. 

He says that's  why he will continue to implement nearly $954 million  in spending cuts over the biennium and work to advance his vision for the upcoming session.

The Governor’s budget proposals include growth initiatives and protecting transportation funding. He also aims to boost tourism, end veterans homelessness by next year, and achieve other objectives.

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Governor McAuliffe says when he addresses lawmakers about the state's budget this week, he intends to talk about his new economic development package.

His initiative includes legislative proposals that the governor says are necessary to reduce the Commonwealth’s reliance on federal dollars.

Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders have struck a deal to cut the state budget to cover an unexpected $2.4-billion revenue shortfall. 

The agreement taps the state’s Rainy Day Fund, while closing a $346-million  gap this fiscal year, and $536-million the next. The Governor stressed the bipartisan nature of the accord—flanked by GOP state lawmakers and the Democratic co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

Following the Rules on 'Franked' Mail

Sep 8, 2014

Watchdog groups say Virginia lawmakers are blurring the line between their campaigns and official duties as representatives.

To see what lawmakers send voters with your tax dollars you have to go to the basement of a House office building. Photos are banned. Only black and white copies leave the sparse room. The privilege of elected office is dubbed franked mail – even though lawmakers now use it to buy Facebook, Twitter and Google ads. Lawmakers are alerted each time a reporter, researcher or political opponent asks to see what they’ve sent voters.