Editorial: No easy days ahead for JLARC

Editorial: No easy days ahead for JLARC

Richmond Times Dispatch, May 15, 2019. Virginia has long enjoyed a national reputation as one of the country’s best-run states. A well-managed, almost corruption-free state government is one of the reasons for that standing. Another reason, we believe, is the hard work the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission...

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Editorial: Why ban JLARC from state meetings?

Editorial: Why ban JLARC from state meetings?

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, April 1, 2019. In a March 31 RTD news article, “Va. attorney general told jail death investigators they could exclude state auditors from observing,” Patrick Wilson reported that Attorney General Mark Herring’s office has informed a state board investigating jail deaths in the commonwealth that it...

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Republican Appropriations chairman to run again in what is now a Democratic-leaning district

Republican Appropriations chairman to run again in what is now a Democratic-leaning district

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 22, 2019. House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, will run for re-election in a House of Delegates district that will favor Democrats after being dramatically redrawn by the federal courts. Jones, 60, said he is undaunted by the challenge of running in...

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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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