While other states with a high military presence brace for the effects of sequestration, Virginia leaders are preparing for a double whammy with the possibility of another Base Realignment and Closure of key facilities.
Lawmakers in the region are divided over a measure to give more flexibility to the FAA while leaving strict spending requirements in place for other parts of the government.
Airport delays caused by the sequester may soon be a thing of the past. The legislation gives the FAA flexibility so air traffic controllers can get back to work.
Critics say those budget cuts only impact a small minority of the public, like business people and lawmakers themselves, while other parts of sequestration are hitting more vulnerable populations, like low income school children.
Thousands of people will converge on Staunton this week for what will, no doubt, be the hottest event in the nation.
Thirteen years ago, Caroline Sheridan and her husband Doug opened a glass blowing studio in an old Staunton warehouse, and despite a lengthy recession that bankrupted many a business, their enterprise – called Sunspots Glass Studios – has grown steadily as tourists ventured off the highway.
Up to 5,000 visitors are expected during this weekend’s Hot Glass Festival – a free event that will showcase two dozen glass artists from around the country.