Government & Politics

Meeting Policy Goals
4:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Reviewing Tax Breaks

A panel of state lawmakers has begun a serious review of Virginia’s tax credits, exemptions, deductions, and similar “preferences.” 

The evaluation comes after the Joint Audit and Legislative Review Commission found that the tax breaks did not always perform as intended, were often inefficient, and cost the state billions of dollars in revenues.

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A Monticello Tradition
2:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 1947 President Truman Speaks at Monticello
Credit Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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Government & Politics
1:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Division Over Medicaid Overhaul

The General Assembly panel tasked with deciding whether Virginia should expand its Medicaid program or not held its first meeting–in a room packed with expansion opponents, many representing groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

The Senators and Delegates wasted no time getting up to speed on the complex facts about how the program currently operates.

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VA Public Access Project
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

VaNews for 06.17.13

Stories about a congressman’s hubcaps and a climbing wall arms race among universities were at the top of the list of most-clicked newspaper reports for the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link at V-PAP-dot-org. Fred Echols reports.

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

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Bob Goodlatte Immigration Proposal
7:11 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Virginians Weigh In on House vs. Senate Immigration Bill

Credit www.virginia-organizing.org

A comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate that survived an effort to expand its border-security requirements still has a long way to go before its passage.  Meanwhile, a House bill with tougher enforcement provisions is being advanced by Republicans-led by 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, a state coalition says the Commonwealth’s residents prefer the Senate version … and it's urging the Congressional delegation to support it. . .

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