Saying ‘no’ to undocumented kids lands town in hot water

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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One small Virginia town’s opinion has become the target of a racial discrimination complaint by a fair housing group and the shuttered college that would have benefited from housing undocumented immigrant minors.

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‘Radical centrist’ Warner bullish on tax hikes

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Sen. Mark Warner, the self-proclaimed “radical moderate,” isn’t so middle-of-the-road when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.

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Experts: VA retirement system’s six-figure salaries shed light on larger pension woes

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

The Virginia Retirement System is projected to adopt new pension accounting rules set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in FY 2014.

The officers running Virginia’s underfunded pension system are making more than anyone in the state — and will be getting sweet checks in retirement, too.

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Arlington streetcar moves amid rising costs, controversy

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Open Records, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

TRANSIT POLITICS: Though Columbia Pike is served by more than a dozen bus routes daily, Arlington officials want to dedicate a lane of traffic for a streetcar project, most recently priced at $560 million.

An opponent says it’s “a long way from being done,” but a controversial streetcar project with a ballooning $560 million price tag got another push from the Arlington County Board on Tuesday.

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Caucus ready to target plate readers, drones

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones, and as of next July, police and other Virginia authorities will be able to use the unmanned devices, too.

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Downtown shakedown: DOT punches pricey Richmond bus ticket

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Government Waste, Local Government, News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

OPEN FOR TRAFFIC: Broad Street, Richmond’s main thoroughfare, is served by several bus routes and is seldom congested.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond has lined up $24.9 million in federal funding for a 7.6-mile bus line that isn’t broken. But where the city will get the matching money is anyone’s guess.
The publicly run Greater Richmond Transit Co. says the $49.8-million project will improve downtown bus service for “transit-dependent persons in an [...]

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