Medical lobbyists spend over $1 million to influence VA legislators

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Health Care, State Lobbying, State Politics, Virginia, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joan Bishop |
Medical lobbying groups have spent more than $1 million to influence politicians in Virginia.
The list of total expenditures by medical lobbyists for the period May 2013 – April 2014 includes:

VA Hospital and Healthcare Association – $474,963
Medical Society of Virginia – $162,858
Humana, Inc – $128,681
Bon Secours Health System (Virginia) – $127,350
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St. Paul’s College president: Federal funds to house border kids like ‘manna from heaven’

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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When it closed last year, Lawrenceville’s private St. Paul’s College had some serious debts to pay. So, accepting the federal government’s offer to pay the shuttered Virginia college $160,000 a month for housing unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally made financial sense.

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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


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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