General Assembly passes budget, adjourns a day early

General Assembly passes budget, adjourns a day early

3/11/2016 – Maybe they’d had enough of each other and just wanted to get the heck out of Richmond. The General Assembly completed the people’s business a day early, passing a new, two-year, $105 billion budget late Friday and adjourning on Day 59 of an often acrimonious session. An...

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$2.1 billion bond bill ties new capital spending to completing Capitol Square project

3/11/2016 – A $2.1 billion bond agreement adopted Friday would tie new capital spending to state contracts for a major Capitol Square overhaul, including the replacement of the General Assembly Building, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said he won’t allow to be built until the legislature expands health care...

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Del. Chris Jones’ tolling policy tucked into budget bill

Del. Chris Jones’ tolling policy tucked into budget bill

3/10/2016 By Patrick Wilson and Jordan Pascale Del. Chris Jones found a way to get tolling restrictions passed: the state budget. Last week, the Senate Transportation Committee stripped the Suffolk Republican’s bill, HB1069, of a provision that prohibited tolling on existing roads without General Assembly approval. But what the...

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State budget deal: 3% raise for state employees, faculty; 2% for teachers

State budget deal: 3% raise for state employees, faculty; 2% for teachers

3/9/2016 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia budget negotiators have agreed on a plan that in one grand stroke provides a 3 percent raise this year for state employees and higher education faculty, saves money by paying off an old debt on state pensions, and reduces operating costs for...

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House, Senate reconcile differences on economic development, R&D proposals

House, Senate reconcile differences on economic development, R&D proposals

3/7/2016 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch The House of Delegates and Senate on Monday narrowed differences between themselves and Gov. Terry McAuliffe on two key pieces of legislation to promote economic development and research, which also would help clear the way to agreement on a two-year state budget. The...

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Finding our way to a state budget

Finding our way to a state budget

ON THURSDAY, the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate adopted their respective versions of the state’s two-year budget. As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I have the distinct privilege of working with 21 of my colleagues to craft the House budget proposal. Our budget is a conservative, responsible spending...

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Bill moves out of Senate panel without General Assembly oversight of tolls

Bill moves out of Senate panel without General Assembly oversight of tolls

3/2/2016 A bill that would’ve given the General Assembly more oversight in implementing tolls will move to the full Senate with those provisions largely stripped out. The Senate Transportation Committee worked until Wednesday evening to come to an agreement on HB1069, which now focuses on only two provisions: protecting...

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Senate panel drops proposed state policy on tolls, but battle moves to budget

Senate panel drops proposed state policy on tolls, but battle moves to budget

3/2/2016 A Senate committee has eliminated a proposed state policy on tolling existing highways, but the battle will continue in deliberations over the pending two-year state budget. The Senate Transportation Committee approved House Bill 1069, sponsored by Del. S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, but the measure no longer sets policy...

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Line of Duty Act overhaul on its way to full Senate

Line of Duty Act overhaul on its way to full Senate

3/1/2016 By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch A major overhaul of Virginia’s Line of Duty Act is on its way to the full Senate after speeding through the Finance Committee on Tuesday with the support of representatives of state police, local governments, fire chiefs and volunteer rescue squads. House Bill...

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Tolling bill headed for a showdown in Virginia Senate committee

Tolling bill headed for a showdown in Virginia Senate committee

2/26/2016 By Jordan Pascale A bill that would give the General Assembly a larger role in approving new tolls and would reform the toll violation process might meet opposition in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday. The bill could alter the way Hampton Roads’ transportation funding plans unfold. Del....

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