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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Virginia school safety panel sets broad mandate for work

Virginia school safety panel sets broad mandate for work

By DAVE RESS Daily Press April 26, 2018 The House of Delegates’ first Select Committee in 155 years got down to business with a briefing on Virginia’s extensive efforts to boost school safety — and a promise to look at school safety in the broadest possible way. That includes...

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House committee adopts new budget, with changes for Medicaid work requirement, insurance and cash reserve

House committee adopts new budget, with changes for Medicaid work requirement, insurance and cash reserve

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch Apr 13, 2018 There are few surprises in the new state budget the House Appropriations Committee adopted Friday, but concern about protecting Virginia’s triple-A bond rating will loom over the coming battle with the Senate over whether the final spending plan will expand...

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Gov. Northam OKs paying “Norfolk Four” $3.5M for wrongful rape, murder convictions

Gov. Northam OKs paying “Norfolk Four” $3.5M for wrongful rape, murder convictions

By LOGAN BOGERT, Capital News Service Updated Apr 3, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to provide nearly $3.5 million in compensation to the “Norfolk Four,” the U.S. Navy sailors who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a 1997 rape and murder. Northam last week signed...

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One House speaker honors another as ‘a special, special man’

One House speaker honors another as ‘a special, special man’

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch 03/07/18 For a moment, the Virginia House of Delegates stood with two speakers of the House. “Good afternoon, Mr. Speaker,” House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, greeted House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights. Jones then turned to former House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, standing...

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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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