Tag: state government

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Ken Plum: Keeping tabs on the Commonwealth

Last week I attended my first meeting as a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).


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Virginia government revenues up sharply in December

Governor McAuliffe announced today that December revenue collections for Virginia state government posted strong gains.


Ken Plum: Legislative redistricting remains an issue

Just last month a panel appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to look at ethics issues in state government recommended that Virginia establish an independent redistricting commission to draw legislative district lines.


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Gov. McAuliffe statement on Bob McDonnell sentencing

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the sentencing hearing of former Governor Bob McDonnell.


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McAuliffe announces new Virginia Employment Commissioner

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Ellen Marie Hess as the new commissioner for the Virginia Employment Commission.


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Virginia House Republican leaders propose $100 gift cap

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed a $100 gift cap on both tangible and intangible gifts.


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Sens. Petersen and Stuart propose gift ban for Virginia elected officials

State Sens. Chap Petersen and Richard Stuart have written the first gift-ban ethics reform bill for the 2015 General Assembly session.


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McAuliffe signs executive order on reducing energy consumption in Virginia government

Today at an award ceremony honoring the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) energy efficiency efforts at the DMV Headquarters building in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 31 to reduce energy consumption in state government.


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McAuliffe signs executive order directing state agencies to comply with same sex marriage ruling

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #30, directing all Virginia state agencies, authorities, commissions and other entities to make the necessary policy changes to comply with yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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Senate Democrats praise McAuliffe for creating good government commission

This afternoon, Senate Democrats praised Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s creation of a new commission to propose ethics, transparency, and various other good government reforms.


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McAuliffe announces commission to ensure integrity, confidence in state government

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 28 establishing the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


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Governor McAuliffe announces data internships

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday that Virginia state government and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business have joined forces to establish data re-engineering internships.


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McAuliffe signs SB362 allowing Secretary of Commerce and Trade to bring entrepreneurs into state government

Today at New Richmond Ventures, Governor McAuliffe signed SB362 which allows the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to coordinate with the private sector on issues related to entrepreneurship, and to solicit input on creative solutions to ongoing government issues.


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Convicted: Why did the jury convict Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell?

Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, based their defense against federal corruption charges on the dysfunctional relationship between the former First Couple.


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Guilty! Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife convicted on multiple charges

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, public corruption, bribery and related charges in a Richmond court on Thursday.


2014 Digital States Survey reveals top technology states

In its comprehensive 2014 Digital States Survey, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states, assigning each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations.


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Governor McAuliffe launches inaugural #DatathonChallenge

Governor Terry McAuliffe today launched the first ever Commonwealth #DatathonChallenge, a competition pitting teams from Virginia agencies against one another as they create new applications that streamline government, better serve citizens, and jumpstart business opportunities.


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Museum interpretive center: Study funded, but where will project money come from?

The big news in Waynesboro this week is that the city and the Virginia Museum of Natural History have come up with the $50,000 needed to proceed with the development of a master plan for a proposed museum interpretive facility in Waynesboro. But what about the rest of the projected $7.4 million cost to build and open the interpretive center? Where will that money come from?


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McAuliffe orders evaluation of major state IT, service contracts

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Directive Number Two, directing the Virginia Secretaries of Administration, Finance and Technology to deliver a report on the Commonwealth’s practices with respect to information technology and service contracting and to make recommendations on how to spend taxpayer dollars with greater efficiency and accountability.


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Virginia ranks high in business friendliness survey

Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, today released new data showing that Virginia earned the highest possible grade for overall business friendliness, the regulatory environment, and the ease of licensing programs.


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Mark Obenshain: Passing a budget – finally

The General Assembly passed budget – finally! It’s coming about three months late, but the General Assembly just adopted a budget this evening.


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Chris Graham: What if McAuliffe were to veto the budget?

With Phil Puckett’s resignation throwing control of the State Senate back to Republicans, it’s looking like the budget stalemate that has tied up local and state government since the winter will lift as soon as Thursday.


Governor McAuliffe announces decrease in homelessness

Governor McAuliffe announced today that overall homelessness in the Commonwealth has declined 7.9 percent in the last year, with a 10.8 percent decrease in family homelessness and 14 percent decrease in veterans homelessness.


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Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


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Separate the two? Can’t have a budget without Medicaid vote, and vice versa

We’re hearing some talk that the perfect solution to the ongoing budget stalemate in Richmond would be to separate the two – voting now on a state budget, and then holding a special General Assembly session in the fall to consider Medicaid expansion.