Statement of House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones on Governor Northam’s $1.6 billion spending package

Statement of House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones on Governor Northam’s $1.6 billion spending package

December 14, 2018 Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones released the following statement Friday on the $1.6 billion in multi-year spending proposed by Governor Ralph Northam. “Every year governors are eager to roll out their proposed spending priorities ahead of the General Assembly session, but...

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Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors

Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, November 26, 2018. With Virginia’s Medicaid program poised to expand coverage for hundreds of thousands of people, the state is considering a proposal to increase reimbursement rates for doctors to encourage them to provide care to more patients under the program. The Department of...

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How Virginia sealed the deal on Amazon’s HQ2, ‘the biggest economic development project in U.S. history’

How Virginia sealed the deal on Amazon’s HQ2, ‘the biggest economic development project in U.S. history’

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, November 16, 2018. As autumn began, Virginia lawmakers were not completely sold on the deal they had been putting together for a year to land Amazon’s second headquarters in the Northern Virginia suburbs. The lure of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs...

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VA House GOP introducing new redistricting plan with some Democratic support

VA House GOP introducing new redistricting plan with some Democratic support

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW AND MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 26, 2018 An old political game has a new playbook, as a House of Delegates elections committee prepares to consider a new redistricting plan from House Republicans — this one with some Democratic support. Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, chairman of...

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Virginia revenues up more than $550 million for fiscal year, building reserves

Virginia revenues up more than $550 million for fiscal year, building reserves

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, July 12, 2018. Virginia’s revenue reserves are getting a $550 million boost from soaring income tax collections in the last fiscal year. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that income tax collections rose by $325 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30...

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Cybersecurity research grants bolster new state initiative aimed at Amazon, other technology giants

Cybersecurity research grants bolster new state initiative aimed at Amazon, other technology giants

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 10, 2018 With the launch of a state initiative aimed at attracting Amazon and other high-tech companies to Northern Virginia, the timing couldn’t have been better for Virginia Tech and George Mason University to each receive a $250,000 grant to hire a top...

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S&P upgrades Virginia’s financial outlook to stable after budget approval

S&P upgrades Virginia’s financial outlook to stable after budget approval

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 8, 2018 S&P Global Ratings has restored Virginia’s financial outlook to stable and reaffirmed the state’s coveted AAA bond rating, the day after Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new budget that the national rating agency credited for rebuilding revenue reserves and investing in...

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Ahead of budget signing, Moody’s affirms Virginia AAA bond rating

Ahead of budget signing, Moody’s affirms Virginia AAA bond rating

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 6, 2018 Virginia’s new budget just passed its first test, even before it is signed by Gov. Ralph Northam. Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed the state’s AAA bond rating and stable financial outlook on Wednesday, a day before Northam is expected to sign a...

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Virginia budget includes $350 million for Norfolk port-deepening project

Virginia budget includes $350 million for Norfolk port-deepening project

BY GORDON RAGO The Virginian-Pilot, June 5, 2018 In a race for the largest and deepest East Coast port, Virginia is about to leap ahead. The budget about to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam includes $350 million to kick-start a major dredging project in the shipping channel. If...

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Virginia set to expand Medicaid as Senate and House back budget deal

Virginia set to expand Medicaid as Senate and House back budget deal

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch May 30, 2018 Six years after the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision to states on whether to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, Virginia is about to extend health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Virginians without it. Gov....

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