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The Virginia Senate has passed its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years, which begin on July 1st. Senators introduced the spending bill proposed by Governor McAuliffe, then added their own touches—including Marketplace Virginia, the private-insurance alternative to Medicaid expansion. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, by the end of the day the Senate and the House were no closer to resolving their budget stalemate.
To approve a budget, the same bill must pass both houses of the General Assembly—or one bill must be sent to a conference committee. House conferees said the Senate needs to take action on the House budget before the process can move forward.
The Senate Finance Committee has rejected the traditional Medicaid expansion in Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget in favor of its own alternative, “Marketplace Virginia.” The Senate plan would use federal funds to provide private health insurance for residents who make under 139 percent of the poverty level. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, GOP House leaders are not sold on the idea.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 7, 2014
Last month, estimates of hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Austin,TX for the South by Southwest Festival. The music, film, and idea fest has helped cement Austin’s place in the new startup economy and now other cities around the nation are following their lead. Allison Quantz reports on Tom Tom Founders Fest in Charlottesville, which is rebranding the historical town into an incubator for new ideas.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on April 7, 2014
Inmates in a Virginia jail will now be able to get their nicotine the high-tech way…and four student-athletes at William and Mary act fast and save a friend’s home. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 6, 2014
Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. But homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem.
On this edition of the program a discussion on the state budget battle that boiled over into a special session of the General Assembly. We also take a look at both sides of the Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia and how it’s affecting the state’s spending plan for the next two years.
We’ll take a look at both sides of the Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia and how it’s affecting the state’s spending plan for the next two years.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 1, 2014
Front Royal is bracing for a crowd Friday morning, as the Shenandoah National Park prepares to unveil its very own quarter. Sandy Hausman reports that coin collectors from around the country are expected, along with locals who love the park.
The Library of Virginia is preparing for a groundbreaking exhibition on the U.S. domestic slave trade that existed after the newly formed American nation outlawed the transatlantic slave trade. Richmond was a key player in the pipeline to buy and sell human beings, and some historians believe it sent more slaves to the Deep South than were initially transported across the Atlantic Ocean. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the “To Be Sold” exhibition begins with the paintings of an English artist who was horrified by what he saw during a visit to Richmond.
Crowe’s works are also depicted in a book by UVa Art History Professor Maurie McInnis, who will serve as the exhibition’s curator.
Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving. The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto. Tommie McNeil reports.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on March 31, 2014
A high-profile national political group gets involved in a county issue in Virginia…and a Christian school says it may not the be the appropriate place for one second-grader. Those stories have been among the most read this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on March 28, 2014
There’s a new kind of bank out there these days. One where members invest time and talent instead of money. It’s called “time banking”… where services ranging from home repairs to pet-sitting, tutoring and more are exchanged. On this edition of Virginia Conversations, we hear from two Virginia Time Banks to find out how it works, and how you can get involved.
Go to Facebook and search “Hour Economy” for Shenandoah Valley area Timebanks, including Harrisonburg and Staunton