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Republican leaders accuse Northam of breaking deal on Medicaid work rules

Republican leaders accuse Northam of breaking deal on Medicaid work rules
October 1, 2019

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 26, 2019. The political deal that allowed Virginia to expand its Medicaid program could be falling apart over a promised work requirement less than six weeks before voters decide control of the General Assembly. While expansion of Medicaid is not imperiled, Republican legislative leaders said Gov. Ralph Northam, a…

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Hampton Roads to get $14 Million for research

Hampton Roads to get $14 Million for research
July 1, 2019

By TREVOR METCALFE – Virginian-Pilot, Inside Business, June 24, 2019. Hampton Roads is about to be the location for a large biomedical research project – a $14 million partnership between area universities, hospitals, and community groups. The stakeholders just need to figure out how the entire thing works first. Virginia legislators appropriated $14 million in…

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Virginia will give taxpayers special refunds of $110 or $220. Who gets one, and when?

Virginia will give taxpayers special refunds of $110 or $220. Who gets one, and when?
July 1, 2019

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 25, 2019. Virginia taxpayers are due a refund by Oct. 15 under a tax relief plan adopted this year in response to higher state income tax revenues tied to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here’s a quick guide to who gets tax relief and how: What kind…

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Tuition is staying flat at every Virginia college next year

Tuition is staying flat at every Virginia college next year
May 28, 2019

BY JUSTIN MATTINGLY Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 23, 2019. Sancia Celestin got an email in late April she wasn’t expecting. The provost and chief financial officer at her college, George Mason University, had sent a notification to every student that the administration had recommended a tuition freeze for undergraduate students after state lawmakers approved a budget…

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Editorial: No easy days ahead for JLARC

Editorial: No easy days ahead for JLARC
May 17, 2019

Richmond Times Dispatch, May 15, 2019. Virginia has long enjoyed a national reputation as one of the country’s best-run states. A well-managed, almost corruption-free state government is one of the reasons for that standing. Another reason, we believe, is the hard work the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) does every day to keep…

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Editorial: Why ban JLARC from state meetings?

Editorial: Why ban JLARC from state meetings?
April 5, 2019

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH, April 1, 2019. In a March 31 RTD news article, “Va. attorney general told jail death investigators they could exclude state auditors from observing,” Patrick Wilson reported that Attorney General Mark Herring’s office has informed a state board investigating jail deaths in the commonwealth that it was not obligated to allow auditors…

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Republican Appropriations chairman to run again in what is now a Democratic-leaning district

Republican Appropriations chairman to run again in what is now a Democratic-leaning district
March 25, 2019

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 22, 2019. House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, will run for re-election in a House of Delegates district that will favor Democrats after being dramatically redrawn by the federal courts. Jones, 60, said he is undaunted by the challenge of running in a district that flipped from a…

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Long journey for autism advocates ends with stroke of governor’s pen

Long journey for autism advocates ends with stroke of governor’s pen
March 25, 2019

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 21, 2019. More than a dozen years ago, Dr. Ralph Northam helped Mark Llobell on the path to a diagnosis for his grandson, Mark III, who has autism. This week, as governor, Northam completed Llobell’s long political battle for insurance to pay for services to Virginians with autism,…

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New tax fund will hold big money, require big decisions for future lawmakers

New tax fund will hold big money, require big decisions for future lawmakers
March 5, 2019

BY MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times Dispatch, March 1, 2019. A sweeping new tax package that the General Assembly passed and Gov. Ralph Northam immediately signed into law will leave more than $1 billion in tax revenues in a new fund over the next six years for some form of tax relief to Virginians who pay…

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