Delayed, but not denied, legislators are finally returning to Richmond this coming Wednesday – with a budget deal.
Collective sighs of relief have been heard from numerous sectors (ours included), and folks are now anxiously awaiting the release of further conference report details over the next couple of days.
In the words of several colleagues: “A little relaxing reading, for the long weekend.”
And yet, it is difficult to relax when so much grief and tragedy is dominating the news cycle, these last few days and weeks. “Thoughts and prayers” truly aren’t enough in the face of pervasive violence and loss of life; though, naturally, those are still being given in abundance. With one special legislative coming to a close, there is whispered speculation and hope that (just perhaps) lawmakers will begin to put serious focus on and bipartisan effort towards responsible, holistic reforms.
We will be hugging our loved ones a little tighter, over the Memorial Day weekend – and remembering not only the heroes in our armed forces, but also those in our schools, our supermarkets, and throughout our communities.
- May 31 | Deadline to register to vote or update registration for June 2022 Primaries
- June 1| 2022 Special Session Convenes
- June 9 | State Exectuive Council for Children’s Services
- June 13 | Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
- June 14 | Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee
- June 15 | House Appropriations Committee
Virginia budget compromise gives Gov. Glenn Youngkin partial win
RICHMOND — House and Senate negotiators working overtime on the state budget announced a deal Thursday that would provide $4 billion in tax cuts, boost salaries for teachers and state workers, and plow hefty sums into affordable housing, school construction, health and water quality.
On Friday evening, Democratic attorney and activist Paul Goldman pushed out a text message with what he called “breaking news.” After an 11-month legal battle with the state of Virginia over whether the House of Delegates should have new elections this year, Goldman said he was planning to voluntarily drop the case.
AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — Legislators appear closer to passing the Virginia state budget, long after the deadline, and if the state’s lieutenant governor gets her way, legislators will be fined if they take this long again in the future.
Virginia politicians responded to Tuesday’s school shooting in Texas with well-worn condolences, prayers and in some cases, renewed calls to restrict access to guns.
Metro projects in Northern Va. to prompt temporary station closures this fall
Metro riders from Alexandria and other parts of Northern Virginia will see several stations shutting down for weeks — as well as an entire line, for up to eight months.
Commanders acquire right to buy 200 acres in Va. for potential new stadium
The Washington Commanders recently acquired the right to purchase land in Woodbridge, Va., as a potential site for its new stadium, state Sen. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) said he was told Monday by a lobbyist for the team.
Southwest Virginia’s economy is recovering faster than the state and the region appears poised to capitalize on new growth opportunities, a state economic development leader said Wednesday.
New agreement signed to deepen, widen Port of VA
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Local and federal authorities have reached an agreement that funnels federal funding to the ongoing construction of the Port of Norfolk.
Nuclear will be major for Virginia’s electric grid as utilities decarbonize, regulator says
Dominion Energy’s two existing nuclear plants “may become more important to the transmission system” as Virginia and the utility move to decarbonize the power grid by midcentury, a hearing examiner with the Virginia State Corporation Commission says.
Youngkin restores voting rights to about 3,500 people
Gov. Glenn Youngkin restored civil rights to nearly 3,500 people since he took office in January, his office announced on Friday. The move will allow the people to vote, serve on a jury or run for public office.
WISE, Va. — At the end of Patriot Drive, a stone’s throw from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and just around the corner from the campus of UVa-Wise, are mobile units of the Health Wagon and the Smiddy Clinic — home base of the oldest and one of the most recognized free health care providers in America.
RICHMOND, Va. – State officials are looking to implement more school security and safety measures following one of the most horrific elementary school shootings in U.S. history.
Virginia official says staffers are leaving mental health facilities to work at Chick-fil-A
At a meeting last week, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel made an eye-opening remark about the state’s understaffed and overstressed mental health facilities.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants to expand alternatives to traditional public schools in Virginia and at least one Democrat is “pretty sure” the push will be included in the final budget in some form.
Election offices in Virginia will no longer be able to accept private grant money under a new law passed in response to a $3.7 million infusion local election administrators got in 2020 from a nonprofit funded partly by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Eight Virginia groups join request for Federal Trade Commission to investigate electric utility industry
Eight Virginia organizations have joined more than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate electric industry practices that they say “impede renewable energy competition and harm consumer protection.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDBJ) – Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) reacted to Tuesday’s mass shooting in Texas, expressing frustration with Senate inaction following the Virginia Tech tragedy and other mass shootings across the country.
U.S. Representative Donald McEachin (D-4th District) joined two other Democratic representatives and three Democratic U.S. Senators in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt “the strongest possible heavy-duty vehicle [emissions] requirements” in order to protect the environment and minority communities.
Frustration grows as the movement to ban stock trading in Congress stalls: 'They're trying to run out the clock'
“I think that they’re trying to run out the clock,” said Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, who’s sponsored one of the several stock-ban bills now pending in Congress.