U.S. Congress accelerates release of $1 billion from Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Fund

Monday, March 27, 2017

The below press release was forward by Congressman Morgan Griffith’s office and from U.S. Congress titled “RECLAIM Act of 2017 Introduced for 115 th Congress.” WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017) – Today, Congressional leaders united across the aisle and the Capitol Dome to reintroduce the bipartisan RECLAIM Act. The legislation aims to accelerate $1 billion […]

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Pres. Trump’s federal budget cuts in a nutshell

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Below is a list of potential impacts Donald Trump’s budget cuts could have on Virginians via Sen. Tim Kain press release: $2.6 billion (31%) cut to the Environmental Protection Agency could jeopardize: The Chesapeake Bay Program, which would be cut entirely under Trump’s budget. The program has reduced pollution, bolstered oyster and crab populations, and […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia revenue collections are up 3.6%

Monday, March 13, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue collections for February increased 3.6 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.5 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 2.9 percent growth. “Even though February is not a significant month for state revenue collections, continued growth is a great sign that […]

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Roanoke MSA increases jobs for January – Virginia unemployment down

Monday, March 13, 2017

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in January to 4.0 percent, after holding steady at 4.1 percent the previous six months, and was the same rate as January 2016. “This report shows that Virginia is overcoming economic headwinds to create jobs and opportunity for people in every corner of the Commonwealth,” […]

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Virginia state revenue rises 7.4 percent in January

Monday, February 13, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that January General Fund revenues rose 7.4 percent from the previous January. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.6 percent through January, ahead of the revised annual forecast of 2.9 percent growth. “Although we are slightly ahead of the forecast in payroll withholding collections, about 43 percent […]

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will vote against Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury.

Monday, February 13, 2017

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will vote against Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will vote against Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury. “I will vote against the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury. After closely following his confirmation hearings, I am not confident Mr. Mnuchin will be an advocate for working families and their financial security. His complicity in […]

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Sen. Warner will oppose confirmation of Pres. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury

Monday, January 30, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the below statement in opposition to confirming Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. The Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a markup on the nomination this evening. “As the President’s principal economic adviser, the position of Treasury Secretary […]

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Sen. Warner questions President’s nominee for Office of Management and Budget on Federal employee hiring and wage freeze

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sen. Warner questions President's nominee for Office of Management and Budget on Federal employee hiring and wage freeze

WASHINGTON – At a Senate Budget Committee hearing today for President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) pressed the nominee on the Trump Administration’s federal hiring freeze announced Monday. Sen. Warner pressed Mulvaney on the Administration’s plans to […]

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Virginia Hospitals ask Richmond legislators to “Do No Harm” and stand with hospitals on COPN

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Virginia Hospitals ask Richmond legislators to “Do No Harm” and stand with hospitals on COPN

Virginia hospitals brought a message to policymakers in Richmond Wednesday. “Please be mindful of the impact decisions have on patients access to health care and health care providers – health care is not a free market.” Toni R. Ardabell, Chief Executive Officer at Bon Secours Virginia Health System reiterated the message to policymakers to “do […]

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Check your mailbox to find if your real estate assessment changes for fiscal year 2018

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Check your mailbox to find if your real estate assessment changes for fiscal year 2018

Today or no later than the end of the week, as the USPS mail goes, Roanoke City citizens will receive their new residential real estate assessment. That is if it changed at all. If you don’t receive one your assessment is the same as last year whether you liked it or not. Owners of residential […]

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Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

Friday, December 16, 2016

Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point in November to 4.2 percent from October’s revised rate of 4.1 percent. Compared to a year ago, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged. The labor force expanded for the fourth consecutive month to 4,261,091, a record high. The labor force increased by 13,797 in […]

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Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals – What’s next in federal health care policy?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals - What's next in federal health care policy?

RICHMOND, VA – Newly released figures from Virginia Health Information (VHI), the agency that gathers and reports health care data in the Commonwealth, yet again confirm the fact that many local hospitals across the state continue to struggle financially. The numbers show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acute care, critical access, and children’s hospitals, and […]

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