By Peter J. Smith
ALEXANDRIA | OldDominionWatchdog.org
Alexandria’s new city manager promises to listen to resident concerns, but bring “fiscal austerity” to city planning as the city prepares to implement multi-million dollar projects.
Rashad Young assumes office at an important time. The city is trying to develop its final waterfront plan, and has dealt with three natural disasters [...]
Watchblog: Gov preps cuts, still claims surplus; vacation time means sunny days for st. employees; Bachmann out
McDonnell heralded in August a $544.8 million surplus for FY 2011, but has now provoked questions about why he is asking state agencies to cut their budgets by six percent. Reasons: falling sales tax revenue, possibility of a double dip recession, and the more than $18.5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Which the Commonwealth intercepted $600 million [...]Read More →
By Amanda Iacone | Virginia Statehouse News
RICHMOND — President Barack Obama’s proposed infusion of $742 million into Virginia for teachers and first responders comes with strings attached for taxpayers.
This amount is only a fraction of the $35 billion in the proposed American Jobs Act that seeks to prevent layoffs nationwide of as many as 280,000 teachers and [...]
Gov. Bob McDonnell is directing state agencies to make deep cuts in their budgets as he prepares his first biennium budget. Nothing is “off-limits”, not even Medicaid and public education, and agencies must submit their findings by October 17.
Republicans are looking to take over the state Senate to push McDonnell’s agenda through the General Assembly. In a troubling sign for [...]
The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as quickly as next year whether Virginians and citizens have to buy health insurance.
The federal government has asked the US Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit filed by a Florida-led coalition of 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business that challenges the constitutionality of the Patient Protection [...]