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General Assembly prepares for budget debates

General Assembly prepares for budget debates
February 10, 2015

2/10/2015 – Higher than expected revenues mean lawmakers are proposing raises for state employees and spending tens of millions more to lure businesses to Virginia. The adjustments and other changes to the second year of the two-year state budget were outlined Sunday during House and Senate money committees hearings. The proposals would add millions to…

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Senate, House propose raises for state workers

Senate, House propose raises for state workers
February 10, 2015

2/10/2015 – After months under a cloud of fiscal austerity, Virginia’s revenue forecasts have brightened, providing enough cash for lawmakers to propose making repairs to school buildings, putting money away for a rainy day, and making good on their promise to boost state workers’ wages. State employees and state-supported local employees would receive a 3…

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Lawmakers to propose amendments to state budget

Lawmakers to propose amendments to state budget
February 10, 2015

2/10/2015 – Working with revenue projections that forecast an additional $408 million coming to state coffers, leading lawmakers from the House of Delegates today will propose amendments to Virginia’s two-year budget that provide raises for state employees, state police, state-supported local employees, teachers and college faculty. The proposal from House budget writers also dedicates roughly…

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GOP details its alternative to McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan

GOP details its alternative to McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan
February 6, 2015

2/6/2015 – House Republicans and Gov. Terry McAuliffe finally have a common plan they can talk about for expanding health care. The House Republicans unveiled a budget proposal Thursday that would increase spending by $124.2 million for a series of initiatives to expand behavioral health care for people with serious mental illness, bolster the health…

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House panel advances 2 campus sexual assault bills

House panel advances 2 campus sexual assault bills
February 4, 2015

2/4/2015 – Two proposals designed to combat campus sexual assaults — one labeled the “Jesse Matthew bill” — easily passed the House of Delegates’ higher education subcommittee Tuesday, but the more contentious issue of mandatory reporting was not on the docket. House Bill 1888, by Del. S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, would require academic transcripts to…

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House considers safeguards on publc-private transportation deals

House considers safeguards on publc-private transportation deals
February 3, 2015

2/3/2015 – A bill to take the public risk out of public-private transportation deals is due before the House of Delegates for a final vote, while a companion bill to overhaul Virginia’s transportation funding formulas is scheduled for debate. The pair of bills, sponsored by House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, at the request…

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Recovering tax revenues opens door to state employee, teacher raises

Recovering tax revenues opens door to state employee, teacher raises
February 3, 2015

2/3/2015 – It’s a wonder what a few months and the collection of unexpected revenue will do for the state budget. After cutting more than $2 billion in revenue from the two-year spending document since May, state budget officials are seeing some light from gains in collections of payroll withholding and corporate income taxes in…

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House panel proposes raises for state employees, teachers

House panel proposes raises for state employees, teachers
January 29, 2015

1/29/2015 – The House Appropriations Committee will propose pay raises for state employees, teachers, college faculty and state-supported staff, including local sheriff’s departments and constitutional officers, effective Aug. 1. Citing signs of a stabilizing Virginia economy that has boosted payroll tax revenues, House budget leaders say they will propose a pay raise of at least…

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Roads bill would increase oversight

Roads bill would increase oversight
January 27, 2015

McAuliffe joins with House GOP to reveal proposal.

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