State Government

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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Government & Politics
7:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe: The First 100 Days

Credit www.politico.com

Governor McAuliffe is touting his first 100 days in office and outlining the accomplishments achieved by his administration so far.  He delivered his remarks to state agency officials and cabinet secretaries at the Library of Virginia-and thanked them for the work they have done.  The Governor was especially enthusiastic about his pursuit of new economic development agreements. . . 

McAuliffe announced creation of nearly 5,000 jobs and said he had spent much of his time forging deals-since defense cuts have generated a need to diversify the state’s economy.

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Speaking Out
3:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capitol Square as Public Forum

The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.  The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.

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Public Health Issues
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Access to Vital Records

Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.

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Cap on Gifts
10:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ethics Reform at the Capitol

Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving.  The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto. 
 

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