House of Delegates drives new Medicaid vehicle onto the legislative freeway

House of Delegates drives new Medicaid vehicle onto the legislative freeway

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch 03/05/18 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, drove a new vehicle for Medicaid expansion onto the legislative freeway as the General Assembly entered the final week of its scheduled 60-day session. Jones, the architect of a House budget that includes Medicaid expansion, commandeered...

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Top Virginia lawmaker attacked in downtown Richmond after stepping in to help homeless woman

Top Virginia lawmaker attacked in downtown Richmond after stepping in to help homeless woman

By GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch 02/27/18 After pushing an unusually contentious state budget through the Virginia House of Delegates last week, House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones woke up with only a short Friday to go before some weekend relief. Then the screaming started. Around 6:30 a.m., Jones was in...

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S. Chris Jones: Virginia’s path forward on health care reform

S. Chris Jones: Virginia’s path forward on health care reform

2/22/2018 By S. Chris Jones AS A 16-YEAR MEMBER of the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations, and chairman for the past five, I have seen dozens of state budgets come and go, but I can say confidently that the House budget presented this week is one of the...

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House budget includes one-time bonus for state workers

House budget includes one-time bonus for state workers

02/21/2018 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch A 2 percent bonus would be the plum on top of the Christmas feast for state employees under a budget proposal pending in the House of Delegates that seeks to stanch rising worker turnover rates, especially in demanding jobs. The proposed one-time bonus...

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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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