Government & Politics

Intense Lobbying Efforts
4:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Online Tax Tangles

Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation in Congress is now in doubt. 

Recently the U-S Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure to make it easier for states to collect sales taxes from online purchases. Since then lobbyists for big online retailers and small business owners alike have stormed House office buildings trying to sway your local representatives.

The reason for the intense lobbying effort is that billions of dollars are at stake. Virginia officials expect to reap more than $250-million from online sales tax revenue.

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State Code Violations
5:02 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Election Rules Reminder

As the statewide and local campaigns heat up and we move closer to a Democratic Primary, the State Board of Elections wants to remind citizens of a number of rules to remember regarding voter and candidate ethics. 

The Board has posted a long list of best practices AND "don'ts" on its website about voter registration drives.  

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Deadline for Health Insurance Options
4:46 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State Employees See Insurance Changes

Tens of thousands of state employees will likely see an increase in the cost of their health insurance plans. 

They also face a deadline this week,  as the Commonwealth begins to implement significant changes in its health insurance plans. 

Open enrollment for revising health benefits, investing in flexible spending accounts, adding family members, and other options ends this Friday.

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Star Scientific, Trend in Higher Ed
10:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

VaNews for 05.21.13

A University of Virginia history class that attracted 47,000 students and a look at the career of entrepreneur and politicans’ friend Jonnie Williams were the topics two of the most-read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org

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Economics & Economy
6:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

State Revenues Still a Concern for Lawmakers

State revenues improved a little last month following a dismal drop of 6.1%  in March.  The news reassured members of the House Appropriations Committee, who worry that federal sequestration cuts could have a negative impact on both Virginia’s economy and the state's coffers. 

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