Thursday, March 23, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
City Employees Mowing
Roanoke City employees have not received a raise since 2008 – not even to combat cost-of-living increases.
At city council’s meeting Monday to adopt the fiscal year 2012 budget a stipend for city employees was announced by Mayor David Bowers.
The recommendation will be for a $1000 stipend to be received by all employees on June 22, 2011. Council is expected to approve the stipend at their June meeting
The city’s work force has been reduced by 10% explained Director of Finance Ann Shawver. She was confident that “we have council support to do that … it will be a nice ‘thank you’ to all the employees for their hard work.”
Mayor David Bowers reiterated the sentiment that all employees were doing more with less and are well deserving of the one-time stipend. Bowers hoped the economy would allow raises for city employees in the next fiscal year.
The stipend if approved by council will be evenly distributed to all employees regardless of their pay grade. The requirement is that they be employed for a full year and on board by June 1, 2010.
Council members will not receive the stipend nor will council appointed officers, constitutional officers, elected officers and the two assistant city managers.
“Whether someone is making $60,000 or $30,000 they will get the $1000,” said Shawver.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Finance, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: budget, city_council, economy