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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
January 14, 2019

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, opened the committee’s first meeting of…

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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
January 14, 2019

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 over state tax policy finally reached…

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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 17, 2018

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 the proposals we’ve seen from Governor…

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Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors

Virginia looks to boost Medicaid reimbursement to attract more doctors
November 27, 2018

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 Medical Assistance Services has asked Gov….

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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’
November 19, 2018

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 was powerful, but so was the…

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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
September 26, 2018

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 the House Appropriations Committee, filed a…

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Virginia revenues up more than $550 million for fiscal year, building reserves

Virginia revenues up more than $550 million for fiscal year, building reserves
July 16, 2018

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times Dispatch, July 12, 2018. Virginia’s revenue reserves are getting a $550 million boost from soaring income tax collections in the last fiscal year. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that income tax collections rose by $325 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30 for taxpayers who make estimated payments…

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Cybersecurity research grants bolster new state initiative aimed at Amazon, other technology giants

Cybersecurity research grants bolster new state initiative aimed at Amazon, other technology giants
June 11, 2018

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 10, 2018 With the launch of a state initiative aimed at attracting Amazon and other high-tech companies to Northern Virginia, the timing couldn’t have been better for Virginia Tech and George Mason University to each receive a $250,000 grant to hire a top researcher in cybersecurity. The two academic…

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S&P upgrades Virginia’s financial outlook to stable after budget approval

S&P upgrades Virginia’s financial outlook to stable after budget approval
June 11, 2018

BY MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 8, 2018 S&P Global Ratings has restored Virginia’s financial outlook to stable and reaffirmed the state’s coveted AAA bond rating, the day after Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new budget that the national rating agency credited for rebuilding revenue reserves and investing in core services such as public education….

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