Appropriations Chairman Plans to Appoint Ranking Democrat as Subcommittee Chair

Appropriations Chairman Plans to Appoint Ranking Democrat as Subcommittee Chair

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch January 11, 2018 The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee will name a ranking Democrat as a subcommittee chairman on the powerful budget panel. Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, said Wednesday that he plans to make Del. Luke E. Torian, D-Prince William, chairman...

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Colleges Urged to Close Gap Between Degrees and Job Skills

Colleges Urged to Close Gap Between Degrees and Job Skills

By DAVE RESS Daily Press November 15, 2017 The warning was polite, but clear: the House Appropriations Committee is looking for Virginia’s state colleges and universities to do a better job offering courses that match what employers want. Tackling that will be a top priority for the budget writing...

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Va. budget deal includes raises for teachers, faculty, Capitol Police

Va. budget deal includes raises for teachers, faculty, Capitol Police

IMAGE: BOB BROWN / RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch  Feb 22, 2017 Teachers, college faculty and the Virginia Capitol Police would get pay raises under a budget deal negotiators for the House of Delegates and Senate reached Wednesday. The agreement would give a 2 percent raise to...

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Deal reached on state economic development reform

Deal reached on state economic development reform

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch  Feb 24, 2017 Compromise legislation to reform the Virginia Economic Development Partnership will come before the General Assembly today as one of the last and most substantial decisions of the session. Negotiators for the House of Delegates and Senate, working closely with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s...

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Va. legislature approves $107 billion budget, concludes 46-day session

Va. legislature approves $107 billion budget, concludes 46-day session

IMAGE: BOB BROWN / RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch February 26, 2017 The General Assembly arrived in Richmond on Jan. 11 with a $1.26 billion hole in state revenues and left 46 days later with a $107 billion, two-year budget that restores pay raises to public employees,...

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Budget moves to battle between House and Senate over revenues, spending priorities

Budget moves to battle between House and Senate over revenues, spending priorities

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch Feb 9, 2017 With their competing versions of the budget adopted, the House of Delegates and state Senate now prepare for direct combat over the revenues available and how best to spend them. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a budget that...

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State revenues surge in January, but not in time to aid budget

State revenues surge in January, but not in time to aid budget

IMAGE: BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Feb 13, 2017  State tax revenues appear to have recovered from last year’s swoon, but that doesn’t mean spending will blossom in the two-year budget that the General Assembly will adopt a few weeks before spring. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that...

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Virginia legislature moves forward with budgets, haggles over state pay raises

Virginia legislature moves forward with budgets, haggles over state pay raises

IMAGE: (Bob Brown/RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS) By Gregory S. Schneider February 9 RICHMOND — Thursday was pecking day at the General Assembly, as the Senate and House each passed a version of the budget and withstood last attempts by members to peck away at the fringes of the spending...

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Election system priority for Senate Republicans in fall, but not in budget

Election system priority for Senate Republicans in fall, but not in budget

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:45 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Problems with Virginia’s voter registration system prompted howls of outrage from Republican legislators last fall, but almost $4 million proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address their concerns disappeared from the budget adopted by the Republican-controlled Senate...

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Va. House, Senate budgets would boost pay for public employees

Va. House, Senate budgets would boost pay for public employees

IMAGE: BOB BROWN / RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2017 5:00 am By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch More pay for public employees is the bottom line in the budget proposals that will emerge in the General Assembly today. In addition to restoring a canceled 3 percent pay...

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