Tag: budget

Game on: What happens if colleges can’t rely on student fees to fund athletics anymore?

The dirty little secret of college athletics is that they don’t pay for themselves, even football and men’s basketball, and that any athletics department budget is balanced on the backs of kids who don’t play college sports, may not attend any games and have to borrow money and work part-time jobs for the privilege.


Ken Plum: On the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?”


healthcare

Planned Parenthood applauds Governor’s Medicaid announcement

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia praised the announcement by Governor McAuliffe to include funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget as demonstrating his commitment to the 400,000 hardworking Virginians in need of affordable healthcare.


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Statement of House Republican Leaders on Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) issued the following statement Wednesday on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments.


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Virginia Organizing comment on Governor McAuliffe, Medicaid

Virginia Organizing applauded Governor Terry McAuliffe’s action on Medicaid expansion by including the item in his proposed budget amendments. Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook issued the following statement.


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Statement from Virginia Democrats on Governor McAuliffe’s budget plan

Statement from Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia on the budget proposal from Governor Terry McAuliffe.


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Advertising 101: Exploiting the Information Gap

You are setting up advertising for your business. Seems simple. You have a budget, and you know what you need. TV, radio, print, maybe some Facebook and Google.


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Governor Terry McAuliffe remarks to the Joint Money Committees

Prepared remarks by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Joint Money Committees in the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 17, 2014.


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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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Governor McAuliffe announces legislation to prevent gun violence

Governor McAuliffe today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at protecting Virginia residents and families through common-sense gun violence prevention efforts.


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McAuliffe announces $28 million for new voting machines across Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he is including $28 million in his budget to provide new voting machines to precincts across Virginia.


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Union workers bring 95 Express Lanes project in ahead of schedule, on budget

With the Interstate 95 Express Lanes in Virginia set to open on Dec. 14, the project is being held up as a model public/private infrastructure project built with a unionized workforce.


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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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ACA statement regarding loan default by the City of Buena Vista

Following the recent decision by the City of Buena Vista to renege on forbearance terms negotiated in 2011, the bond trustee for the city’s approximately $9 million in Golf Course Project Bonds has issued an Event of Default Notice.


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Governor McAuliffe announces 95 Express Lanes open December 14

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the 95 Express Lanes on I-95 in Northern Virginia are opening early and on budget.


Ken Plum: Taxes

Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.


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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).


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Charlottesville appoints Chris Cullinan director of finance

At its December 1 meeting, Charlottesville City Council appointed Chris Cullinan as Director of Finance for the City of Charlottesville.


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VDOT mobilizing for pending snow storm

VDOT is preparing for snow on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, and urges motorists to consider altering their Thanksgiving travel plans to avoid driving in inclement weath


Ken Plum: Protracted General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session in early March this year and immediately went into special session that while still continuing has become the longest special session ever.


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Farm Bureau identifies critical issues for 2015

Farm Bureau producer members across Virginia are gearing up to discuss critical issues with state legislators in order to bring them up to speed for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly.


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Virginia Organizing to lead demonstration at Senate Finance Committee meeting on Friday

As the Virginia Senate Finance Committee meets in Staunton to discuss Virginia’s economy and budget outlook, Virginia Organizing leaders will gather to show support for Medicaid expansion.


Not sure why UVA schedules South Carolina State

South Carolina State might have felt like John Paul Jones was home, considering, The Bulldogs opened the 2014-2015 season on the Left Coast with big losses at Pac-12 member Washington and then at San Francisco.


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Report: Full-time working Virginians lack living wage

Only 26 percent of all full-time workers in Virginia earn a wage that will allow a single working parent with two children to make ends meet.


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Study: Citizen scientist data collection increases risk of error

Using amateur citizen scientists to collect data, such as types of trees in a forest, would seem like an ideal way for budget-strapped agencies and organizations to augment their workforce.


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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on Senate election outcome, Ed Gillespie

Statement from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on the final outcome in the 2014 Senate election and the concession in the race from his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie.


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Randy Forbes calls for renewed push to avert defense sequestration

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today a renewed push to pass H.R. 733 and remove the Department of Defense from sequestration cuts.


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Riding the wave: Pressure is on Republicans, not Obama

The pundits have declared President Obama a lame duck in light of the wave that swept Republicans into power in the U.S. Senate this week.


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New cooking classes at the Staunton YMCA

Starting November 4th, Chef Camille’s Cooking Academy will offer classes every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Staunton YMCA.


healthcare

Progressives offer bipartisan plan for healthcare? Not quite

The Center for American Progress released a healthcare reform plan in Septebmer it claimed should draw bipartisan support because it includes Republican ideas. The first four words of an Associated Press article reporting on the plan were “Borrowing a Republican idea.”


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Randy Forbes: What will history say?

For decades, we’ve been prepared. We’ve led. We’ve made innovative breakthroughs. We’ve made significant advances in trade, diplomacy, global trust, and modernization. We’ve protected the American way of life. But what will history say about our ability to take on the challenges of today?


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Governor McAuliffe announces actions on the FY2015 state budget

Today at a press conference in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the savings actions he will execute to eliminate the revenue shortfall in the Virginia budget for Fiscal Year 2015.


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Randy Forbes: My thoughts on government dysfunction

According to a Gallup survey released last year, Americans were more likely to name dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the nation – more than the economy, unemployment, the deficit, and healthcare.


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Voice Of the People announces partnership with UVA for Citizen Cabinet initiative

Voice Of the People President Steven Kull today announced a partnership with the UVA Center for Survey Research for VOP’s launch of the Citizen Cabinet. CSR will be responsible for managing the recruitment of Citizen Cabinet members in Virginia as well as other parts of the country.


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Randy Forbes: Five big reasons to audit the Fed

To achieve real transparency, we need a full audit of the Fed – no exceptions. Just as, to achieve real accountability, we need a full audit of the Department of Defense – no exceptions. It’s common sense.


Friendship Industries celebrates 50 years of work

To mark 50 years of providing persons with disabilities employment opportunities in commercial businesses, Friendship Industries is having a week of special events featuring two events.


McAuliffe announces federal grants to help 6,000 students gain access to higher education

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of just ten states awarded federal funds through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


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Mark Obenshain: Why McAuliffe can’t expand Medicaid

Governor McAuliffe has been looking for a way to expand Medicaid over the objections of many in the General Assembly, and the legislature has stood firm in opposition.


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Tim Kaine statement on Senate passage of interim spending bill

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11, 2014 by a vote of 78-22.


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House GOP leadership statement on Medicaid special session

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement Thursday.


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House passes budget agreement to close Virginia’s $2.4 billion revenue shortfall

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday passed House Bill 5010, the bipartisan budget agreement that closes the remainder of Virginia’s $2.4 billion revenue shortfall for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.


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National survey shows youth drug use down 24% over past decade

The Obama administration released new health survey data showing a significant decline in drug use among our nation’s young people.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Medicaid Special Session

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on the upcoming special session of the General Assembly.


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Governor McAuliffe statement on Medicaid Special Session

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today on this week’s special session of the General Assembly to consider proposals to expand access to healthcare for Virginians.


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McAuliffe, Republican leaders announce Virginia budget gap deal

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan announced they had reached agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall.


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State revenues up 1.7 percent in August, 7.7 percent for 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that August General Fund revenue increased 1.7% from the previous year. On a fiscal-year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 7.7% compared with the same period last year.


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Dry Bridge Road in Ivy reopened today

Route 708 – Dry Bridge Road – in Albemarle County was reopened this morning following a yearlong project to replace the bridge that spans Buckingham Branch Railroad.


McAuliffe celebrates new initiative to support state parks

Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe hosted a strategic planning session Tuesday in Richmond for the Partnership for Parks campaign founded by the Virginia Association for Parks and the Garden Club of Virginia.


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Majority of Virginia sheriffs endorse Senator Mark Warner for re-election

Today, the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner announced that a majority of sheriffs in Virginia have endorsed his re-election bid.


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Planned Parenthood commends Gov. McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

This morning, Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to extend healthcare services to Virginians.