Local Government

Environment
6:29 am
Mon August 4, 2014

VaNews for 8.04.14

A fish kill in the Chesapeake Bay has mystified state officials...and a Richmond area high school will keep its “Rebels” nickname despite an earlier plan to change it.  

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Government & Politics
6:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

VaNews for 7.28.14

A Virginia town is exploring its options for regulating fortune telling... and the state has come up with a new idea for moving more people into farming. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Unaccompanied Minors
8:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation

Credit npr.org

Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. 

The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children. The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.

“I can’t say that what we’re comfortable with. The devil’s always in the details.”

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General Assembly
8:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door

Credit virginiapublicradio.org

In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why.  But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity. 

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State Budget Woes
8:41 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Many Unknowns When It Comes to State and Local Budgets

Credit www.nvrc.org

Spring is the season when Virginia’s local governments put the finishing touches on their own budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st.  But they’re finding it difficult to craft their spending plans without knowing exactly how many dollars they will receive from the state-which is unknown due to the state budget impasse.  They’re trying to get the job done, anyway, and in some cases, with consequences to local taxpayers. 

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