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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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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