Government & Politics

Services Slashed
4:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Morning After: Budget Reaction

Some Virginia policy analysts say after months of stalling and keeping constituents on the edge of their seats, the General Assembly still blundered by passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.

Groups that include Virginia Organizing, Progress Virginia, and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis say that not only has the budget left hundreds of thousands of Virginians without affordable healthcare options—but residents are left with a gaping budgetary hole that needs to be filled.  

 

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Signing Ceremony
4:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Veteran-Friendly Legislation

Credit USS Wisconsin Facebook, Photo submitted b Jeffrey J. Jankowski, Timothy Snipes.

Nearly three years after Virginia Public Radio told you about the growing problem of veterans’ homelessness in the Commonwealth, the state is putting pen to paper to help put an end to it. 

The legislation is one of 10 veteran-friendly bills that Governor McAuliffe ceremonially signed into law  at the World War II Battleship Wisconsin museum in Norfolk.

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All About Timing
4:25 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Replacing the House Majority Leader

Some conservatives are asking for a delay in the race to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader over disagreements on immigration reform.

While Cantor was attacked for supporting "amnesty" in the final weeks of the campaign, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says it wasn't a deciding factor in his primary loss.

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Developing
7:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Cantor Ousting Creates Waves in the House and on the Hill

Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have lost his Republican primary in Richmond, but he isn’t giving up his leadership post until the end of summer. A look at what the political sea change means for the state. 

Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have lost his Republican primary in Richmond, but he isn’t giving up his leadership post until the end of summer. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo looks at what the sea change means for the state

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Budget Negotiations
4:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rainy Day Fund

The state's economists and fiscal experts are urging lawmakers to pass a budget as soon as possible to help mitigate lower revenues by tapping into the state's rainy day fund.

They informed the House Appropriations Committee that if lawmakers don't act soon, the state has much to lose.

Like April, May's revenue forecast is still lower than projected. At this rate, the House Appropriation Committee’s Robert Vaughn says the projected deficit carried into fiscal year 20-15 is hundreds of millions of dollars.

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