Hundreds of Virginians crowded into a Senate committee room Tuesday night for a public hearing on Governor McAuliffe’s recently proposed budget. Some speakers praised the bill’s two-percent pay raise for state employees, college faculty, and teachers, while others endorsed his plan to fund Line-of-Duty payments for fallen police officers. However, the majority came to support either the Governor’s traditional Medicaid expansion OR the Senate’s private-insurance alternative, Marketplace Virginia.
Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving. The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto.
A high-profile national political group gets involved in a county issue in Virginia...and a Christian school says it may not the be the appropriate place for one second-grader. Those stories are among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
A wrong fax machine number, not calling all possible facilities and poor communication are among the failures cited in the investigation of Gus Deeds' detention, release, attack on his father--Senator Creigh Deeds--and subsequent suicide.