Long journey for autism advocates ends with stroke of governor’s pen

Long journey for autism advocates ends with stroke of governor’s pen

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 21, 2019. More than a dozen years ago, Dr. Ralph Northam helped Mark Llobell on the path to a diagnosis for his grandson, Mark III, who has autism. This week, as governor, Northam completed Llobell’s long political battle for insurance to pay...

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New tax fund will hold big money, require big decisions for future lawmakers

New tax fund will hold big money, require big decisions for future lawmakers

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 1, 2019 A sweeping new tax package that the General Assembly passed and Gov. Ralph Northam immediately signed into law will leave more than $1 billion in tax revenues in a new fund over the next six years for some form of...

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Budget deal reached as assembly looks for exit

Budget deal reached as assembly looks for exit

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 22, 2019. The General Assembly finally reached agreement late Friday on revisions to Virginia’s two-year budget, setting the stage for a race to adopt the spending plan and adjourn as scheduled on Saturday. The budget agreement comes too late to allow the...

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‘Trump tax scheme’ or taxpayer relief? Budgets pass easily, and a tax deal is still cooking

‘Trump tax scheme’ or taxpayer relief? Budgets pass easily, and a tax deal is still cooking

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 7, 2019. The House of Delegates and Senate took different paths to passing a new state budget on Thursday, but they could come together soon over Virginia tax policy. The House adopted its version of an amended two-year budget on a 73-25...

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones presents the House budget proposal

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones presents the House budget proposal

On Sunday, February 3, the House Committee on Appropriations unanimously passed the House budget proposal (House Bill 1700).  Watch Chairman Jones’ presentation of the proposal...

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‘We’re headed for a pretty disrupted tax season’ as emergency legislation fails in Virginia House of Delegates

‘We’re headed for a pretty disrupted tax season’ as emergency legislation fails in Virginia House of Delegates

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 4, 2019. Emergency legislation to conform Virginia’s tax code with new federal tax law failed in the House of Delegates on Monday, leaving the state unable to process hundreds of thousands of tax returns it already has received for the 2018 tax...

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Money panels back 5-percent teacher raises as Virginia lawmakers press on amid Northam crisis

Money panels back 5-percent teacher raises as Virginia lawmakers press on amid Northam crisis

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 3, 2019. Gov. Ralph Northam’s political fate hangs in the balance, but that did not slow the General Assembly from introducing versions of the state budget on Sunday that both include 5 percent raises for teachers. The House Appropriations Committee led off...

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How will the Northam drama affect critical tax and budget issues facing Virginia?

How will the Northam drama affect critical tax and budget issues facing Virginia?

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 2, 2019. Whether Gov. Ralph Northam resigns or not, the General Assembly’s money committees will meet on Sunday to issue their versions of the two-year state budget that are sure to contain $1 billion less than the spending plan the governor introduced...

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Virginia tax officials: a bigger than expected bill from House GOP plan

Virginia tax officials: a bigger than expected bill from House GOP plan

BY DAVE RESS Daily Press, January 29, 2019 House Republicans’ revised plans for tax relief would have a $1.5 billion impact on state government revenue this year and next — more than the windfall the state expects to see as result of recent changes to federal tax law, state...

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House Republicans propose fund to return $300 million to taxpayers

House Republicans propose fund to return $300 million to taxpayers

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, January 27, 2019 House Republicans have an answer to calls by Gov. Ralph Northam and his Democratic allies to immediately conform the state tax code to federal tax law as the filing season begins: bring it on. House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk,...

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