What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Virginia Senate surrenders in war on coal

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A BLOW TO COAL: The Virginia Senate cleared the way for the EPA to impose stricter carbon-emission rules on the state.

Bowing to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state Senate reversed course and killed a bill that would have required General Assembly review of stricter carbon emission rules.

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Taxpayers soon could see why Virginia is filling lawyers’ pockets

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of McDonnell legal invoice by Kathryn Watson

The offices of governor and attorney general might get a little more transparent in Virginia.

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Health department fumbled $5.1 million in formula rebates

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

FORMULA FAILURE: Auditors dinged the Virginia Department of Health for not submitting $5.1 million in infant formula rebates and Medicaid claims.

The Virginia Department of Health may be the most wasteful and inefficient agency in state government, a new audit suggests.

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Rick Perry: 2016’s borderline candidate?

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Immigration, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOUGH TALKER: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state acts while Washington talks.

Plying a third path to what could be another presidential run, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blasting Democrats and Republicans alike over Washington’s dithering on border security.

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Rogue subcontractors undermine Virginia’s legal workforce

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, South Carolina, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAY LABOR: Illegal and unlicensed laborers compete for construction jobs at the expense of U.S. workers. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 40 percent of brick masons and drywall installers are undocumented.

On paper, Virginia’s laws against rogue contractors appear ironclad. In reality, the regulations look more like Swiss cheese — and taxpayers are losing out.

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Do consumer ratings sites make occupational licensing irrelevant?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of Yelp by Kathryn Watson

The tools now at the tips of consumers’ fingertips, however, have not only revolutionized the way Americans evaluate and use services. With their rise, they have also rendered the argument for government-mandated occupational licensure requirements in fields from cosmetology to interior design less and less relevant.

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