How will the Northam drama affect critical tax and budget issues facing Virginia?

How will the Northam drama affect critical tax and budget issues facing Virginia?

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, February 2, 2019. Whether Gov. Ralph Northam resigns or not, the General Assembly’s money committees will meet on Sunday to issue their versions of the two-year state budget that are sure to contain $1 billion less than the spending plan the governor introduced...

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Virginia tax officials: a bigger than expected bill from House GOP plan

Virginia tax officials: a bigger than expected bill from House GOP plan

BY DAVE RESS Daily Press, January 29, 2019 House Republicans’ revised plans for tax relief would have a $1.5 billion impact on state government revenue this year and next — more than the windfall the state expects to see as result of recent changes to federal tax law, state...

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House Republicans propose fund to return $300 million to taxpayers

House Republicans propose fund to return $300 million to taxpayers

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, January 27, 2019 House Republicans have an answer to calls by Gov. Ralph Northam and his Democratic allies to immediately conform the state tax code to federal tax law as the filing season begins: bring it on. House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk,...

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New House panel formed to shepherd Amazon package through assembly

New House panel formed to shepherd Amazon package through assembly

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, January 15, 2019 As Amazon’s plan for a new headquarters in Arlington County moves from vision to reality, a new House Appropriations subcommittee has formed to shepherd a proposed package of state commitments through the General Assembly to ensure Virginia lives up to...

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Appropriations chairman won’t consider $1.2 billion tax windfall in budget until Northam, lawmakers reach tax policy deal

Appropriations chairman won’t consider $1.2 billion tax windfall in budget until Northam, lawmakers reach tax policy deal

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, January 9, 2019 The House Appropriations Committee quickly dismissed Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to spend $1.2 billion in “limited time” revenues from federal tax reform without first reaching an agreement with the General Assembly on state tax policy. Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk,...

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No time to waste on tax policy as General Assembly convenes for short session

No time to waste on tax policy as General Assembly convenes for short session

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, January 5, 2019 The Virginia General Assembly will face a fast start to a short session when it returns to Richmond to tackle the most perilous of issues in an election year: the balance between tax relief and government spending. A simmering debate...

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Statement of House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones on Governor Northam’s $1.6 billion spending package

Statement of House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones on Governor Northam’s $1.6 billion spending package

December 14, 2018 Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones released the following statement Friday on the $1.6 billion in multi-year spending proposed by Governor Ralph Northam. “Every year governors are eager to roll out their proposed spending priorities ahead of the General Assembly session, but...

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Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors

Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, November 26, 2018. With Virginia’s Medicaid program poised to expand coverage for hundreds of thousands of people, the state is considering a proposal to increase reimbursement rates for doctors to encourage them to provide care to more patients under the program. The Department of...

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How Virginia sealed the deal on Amazon’s HQ2, ‘the biggest economic development project in U.S. history’

How Virginia sealed the deal on Amazon’s HQ2, ‘the biggest economic development project in U.S. history’

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, November 16, 2018. As autumn began, Virginia lawmakers were not completely sold on the deal they had been putting together for a year to land Amazon’s second headquarters in the Northern Virginia suburbs. The lure of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs...

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VA House GOP introducing new redistricting plan with some Democratic support

VA House GOP introducing new redistricting plan with some Democratic support

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW AND MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 26, 2018 An old political game has a new playbook, as a House of Delegates elections committee prepares to consider a new redistricting plan from House Republicans — this one with some Democratic support. Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, chairman of...

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