State Government

Spending Cuts Scheduled
4:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Budget Update from VA's Governor

Governor McAuliffe told the General Assembly’s money committees Wednesday that while they made great strides in closing the state's budget shortfall, much more needs to be done to secure Virginia's future. 

He says that's  why he will continue to implement nearly $954 million  in spending cuts over the biennium and work to advance his vision for the upcoming session.

The Governor’s budget proposals include growth initiatives and protecting transportation funding. He also aims to boost tourism, end veterans homelessness by next year, and achieve other objectives.

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Government & Politics
4:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services Endorses Policy Recommendations

Senator Creigh Deeds listens to Health Secretary Bill Hazel

The legislative panel formed after the tragic suicide of a state senator’s son who was denied hospitalization has endorsed policy recommendations made by its gubernatorial counterpart. However, the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services also acknowledged the state’s harsh budget realities—and set its top priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session. 

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Economic Diversity
12:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Reducing Reliance on Federal Funds

Richmond, VA
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Governor McAuliffe says when he addresses lawmakers about the state's budget this week, he intends to talk about his new economic development package.

His initiative includes legislative proposals that the governor says are necessary to reduce the Commonwealth’s reliance on federal dollars.

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Business & Industry
2:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

JLARC Examines Virginia Workforce Development System

Delegate Chris Jones, third from right, examines the JLARC report

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency did not sugarcoat the problems as it presented a frank examination of Virginia’s cumbersome workforce development system.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that employers have difficulty navigating the programs and filling job openings with workers who have requisite skills. It also found that key workforce programs do not emphasize training in fields with the greatest potential for employment.

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Law & Crime
1:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

August, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

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