House committee adopts new budget, with changes for Medicaid work requirement, insurance and cash reserve

House committee adopts new budget, with changes for Medicaid work requirement, insurance and cash reserve

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch Apr 13, 2018 There are few surprises in the new state budget the House Appropriations Committee adopted Friday, but concern about protecting Virginia’s triple-A bond rating will loom over the coming battle with the Senate over whether the final spending plan will expand...

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Gov. Northam OKs paying “Norfolk Four” $3.5M for wrongful rape, murder convictions

Gov. Northam OKs paying “Norfolk Four” $3.5M for wrongful rape, murder convictions

By LOGAN BOGERT, Capital News Service Updated Apr 3, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to provide nearly $3.5 million in compensation to the “Norfolk Four,” the U.S. Navy sailors who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a 1997 rape and murder. Northam last week signed...

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One House speaker honors another as ‘a special, special man’

One House speaker honors another as ‘a special, special man’

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch 03/07/18 For a moment, the Virginia House of Delegates stood with two speakers of the House. “Good afternoon, Mr. Speaker,” House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, greeted House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights. Jones then turned to former House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, standing...

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House of Delegates drives new Medicaid vehicle onto the legislative freeway

House of Delegates drives new Medicaid vehicle onto the legislative freeway

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch 03/05/18 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, drove a new vehicle for Medicaid expansion onto the legislative freeway as the General Assembly entered the final week of its scheduled 60-day session. Jones, the architect of a House budget that includes Medicaid expansion, commandeered...

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Top Virginia lawmaker attacked in downtown Richmond after stepping in to help homeless woman

Top Virginia lawmaker attacked in downtown Richmond after stepping in to help homeless woman

By GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch 02/27/18 After pushing an unusually contentious state budget through the Virginia House of Delegates last week, House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones woke up with only a short Friday to go before some weekend relief. Then the screaming started. Around 6:30 a.m., Jones was in...

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S. Chris Jones: Virginia’s path forward on health care reform

S. Chris Jones: Virginia’s path forward on health care reform

2/22/2018 By S. Chris Jones AS A 16-YEAR MEMBER of the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations, and chairman for the past five, I have seen dozens of state budgets come and go, but I can say confidently that the House budget presented this week is one of the...

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House budget includes one-time bonus for state workers

House budget includes one-time bonus for state workers

02/21/2018 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch A 2 percent bonus would be the plum on top of the Christmas feast for state employees under a budget proposal pending in the House of Delegates that seeks to stanch rising worker turnover rates, especially in demanding jobs. The proposed one-time bonus...

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RTD Exclusive: The firewall against Medicaid expansion has fallen in the Virginia House of Delegates, budget proposal shows

RTD Exclusive: The firewall against Medicaid expansion has fallen in the Virginia House of Delegates, budget proposal shows

February 18, 2018 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch The firewall against Medicaid expansion has fallen in the Virginia House of Delegates. The House Appropriations Committee on Sunday will consider a proposed two-year budget that includes extending Medicaid coverage to more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act...

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House Appropriations leader expects fall special session on tax reform

House Appropriations leader expects fall special session on tax reform

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch 02/14/2018 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said Wednesday that he expects the General Assembly to convene a special session next fall to adjust Virginia’s tax code in response to sweeping federal tax reforms that President Donald Trump signed late last year. “We...

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House Appropriations chairman meets with governor, promises ‘nonpartisan’ budget

House Appropriations chairman meets with governor, promises ‘nonpartisan’ budget

  By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch January 17, 2018 The Republican budget leader in the House of Delegates promised a “nonpartisan” spending document after an hourlong breakfast meeting with Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, signaling a return to harmony after the Democratic governor’s inaugural speech to legislators sparked a...

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