It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten. Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy. Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.
There was a lot in President Obama’s State of the Union address that would impact the commonwealth, but he's already meeting resistance from Virginia Republicans.
There were two starkly contrasting visions of government on display at the Capitol last evening. The president wants the government to help spur job creation, while Republicans say the government ought to get out of the way.
Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says the president’s call to expand the role of government in the economy is misguided.
Population growth in Virginia slowed last year—but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation.
Between 2012 and 2013, Virginia’s population grew less than 1-percent, to nearly 8-point-3 million people. That’s the slowest growth in the state since the recession….but still higher than the national average.
The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out. The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.
Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.