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Government & Politics
6:58 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VaNews for 6.16.14

The political spotlight has suddenly focused on a small Virginia College where two faculty members are running against each other for Congress... and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay creates a surprising consequence for Boy Scouts in Arlington. 

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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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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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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Medicaid Expansion Debate
5:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Health Care Conference

Although Virginia lawmakers are still locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion, over the next two days business leaders, health care providers, and technology innovators are addressing the rising costs of healthcare and how to mitigate them—whether lawmakers reach a deal or not.

It’s all part of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Virginia Health Care Conference held in downtown Richmond.

 

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