Tag: government spending

randy forbes

Randy Forbes: Asking Washington why

What do you do when your family is over budget? Most of us first sit down and review our family’s spending habits.


business

Forced to play the PR game: Cops, teachers

NYPD cops literally turning their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as part of their effort to gain the upper hand in labor contract negotiations are playing a hand we’ve seen played by another group that is masterful at getting attention to its plight for more pay: teachers.


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Robert Hurt: Ensuring an open and transparent legislative process

Congress failed, once again, to follow an open and transparent legislative process and, instead, waited until the last minute to cobble together a massive 1600-page $1.1 trillion spending omnibus for the U.S. government.


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Robert Hurt explains no vote on budget bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting against the government spending omnibus legislation adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Senate passes Warner-Wittman Chesapeake Accountability Act

The U.S. Senate today passed the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01).


Virginia state revenues down $439 million from forecast

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that preliminary figures indicate the state concluded Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 with an approximately $438.5 million shortfall in general fund revenue collections, excluding transfers.


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House passes Sen. Warner’s DATA Act

The House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation to standardize federal spending data and ensure it is made available online so Americans can access information about how their tax dollars are being spent.


Chris Graham: Augusta County right to raise taxes

We’re past the point where saying out loud that you support a tax increase makes you a pinko liberal. Republicans are still fighting that battle on TV commercials and in press conferences, but let’s face it, it’s lost.


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Randy Forbes: Seven warnings on the national debt for 2014

National debt has been a subject of discussion since our nation’s founding. Even in the midst of debate over the details of a national debt, our Founding Fathers found unity in this truth: that our government is obligated to repay debts.


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David Bolotsky: A business owner’s case for raising minimum wage

What if we could create a program that would strengthen our tax base, make government spending more fiscally responsible and provide a powerful financial incentive to low-income workers? It sounds too good to be true. But it already exists and dates back to 1938 – the minimum wage.


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House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.


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Winners/Losers: #TheShutdown

The Republican brand has taken a huge hit. The Senate, in play in the 2014 cycle, now seems a stretch. The House, safe in 2010 and 2012 due to state-level gerrymandering, is now in play for Democrats, in the lead big-time in generic congressional polling.


Josh Knauer: Investing in progress

As a software entrepreneur, I find it ironic to see people going online to rail against taxes and government spending. The Internet grew from government research financed by earlier generations of taxpayers. So did computers, GPS technology and many other technologies we take for granted today.


Chris Graham: Willingly spending too much

That’s what Waynesboro City Council is about to do. Again. Monday night, City Council is set to vote on a proposed $50,000 appropriation ordinance related to the development of a city economic-development website and associated marketing materials. I know personally that the city could save at least $14,000 on the project. I know because my […]


Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion-Eminem Edition

So the big debtbacle is finally over. You wish. This is just the start. This is the new normal. Everything from here on out will be negotiated until the final hours. That is until we set the debt and fiscal trajectory on a better path and for a period of time up to the final […]