Va. House proposal sets up battle with governor over economic development program

Va. House proposal sets up battle with governor over economic development program

IMAGE: BOB BROWN / Richmond Times Dispatch Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:00 am By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Legislation to restructure Virginia’s principal economic development program has cleared its first hurdle, but appears headed for a showdown with Gov. Terry McAuliffe over which branch of government would control...

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Subcommittee endorses new retirement option for Va. public employees

Subcommittee endorses new retirement option for Va. public employees

IMAGE: JOE MAHONEY/TIMES-DISPATCH Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:30 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch State and local government employees would get another, voluntary option for retirement savings under legislation championed by House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, and endorsed by a House subcommittee Thursday. The House Appropriations subcommittee on...

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Assembly not likely to grant pause sought by localities on teacher pension rates

Assembly not likely to grant pause sought by localities on teacher pension rates

IMAGE: JOE MAHONEY/TIMES-DISPATCH    /    Virginia Secretary of Finance Richard D. “Ric” Brown Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:00 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Local school divisions are not likely to get their wish for a delay in making full contributions to teacher pensions recommended by the...

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GOP budget leaders urge 3 percent raises for state workers, higher pay for new state troopers

GOP budget leaders urge 3 percent raises for state workers, higher pay for new state troopers

IMAGE: BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 10:30 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia State Police would receive a major boost in salary — almost $7,000 a year — on top of a 3 percent raise that General Assembly budget leaders promised Wednesday to restore to state...

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Lottery likely path for school funding as legislators look for state employee raises

Lottery likely path for school funding as legislators look for state employee raises

Image: BOB BROWN/times-Dispatch Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 10:30 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch “We’re Game for Education!” the Virginia Lottery proclaims at its display booth in the General Assembly Building. Lottery profits may be the game for Virginia lawmakers working on a revised state budget that helps...

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U.S. 460 expansion project is likely dead. Here’s why.

U.S. 460 expansion project is likely dead. Here’s why.

RICHMOND The U.S. 460 expansion project from Suffolk to Zuni is dead. The long-controversial plan, which was significantly pared down from prior plans, was too costly to score well in the new state transportation funding plan. That means it likely will wither on the vine without state funding. “As...

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Tax amnesty proposal part of package to boost revenues in Virginia

Tax amnesty proposal part of package to boost revenues in Virginia

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:45 pm By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Spending tends to dominate debate over Virginia’s budget, but a projected $1.26 billion revenue shortfall has spurred Gov. Terry McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders to look for money to help pay for it. With new taxes unlikely...

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Long history precedes battle over direction of state economic development agency

Long history precedes battle over direction of state economic development agency

By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch January 15th, 2017 Gregory H. Wingfield saw the signs of trouble ahead for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership about five years ago, when the regional economic development agency he led gradually stopped relying on the state to identify promising business prospects for localities in...

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25 reasons the General Assembly session mattered

25 reasons the General Assembly session mattered

3/12/2016 – The state budget was the marquee issue of the General Assembly session that ended Friday, but here are 25 other reasons why the session mattered. Gov. Terry McAuliffe now will consider the hundreds of bills that lawmakers passed in the session. Legislators will reconvene April 20 to...

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Attempt in budget to limit tuition increases splits General Assembly

Attempt in budget to limit tuition increases splits General Assembly

3/12/2016 – The last day of the 2016 General Assembly session began badly for presidents and other representatives of Virginia’s public colleges and universities, who were rebuked by top leaders of the House Appropriations Committee for attempting to prevent the pending two-year state budget from limiting the institutions’ ability...

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