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Roanoke councilman rolls over to go along with tax increases

Monday, May 11, 2015

Roanoke councilman rolls over to go along with tax increases

In a 6-1 vote today Roanoke City Council increased the city’s real estate tax from $1.19 per $100 of assessed value to $1.22. Only Mayor David Bowers voted against it. The vehicle license tax increases from $20 annually to $28 annually. City Council voted to increase their pay by 10%. That decision was made in […]

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Roanoke City Downtown Parking fees and Library fees increase

Friday, May 8, 2015

Roanoke City Downtown Parking fees and Library fees increase

Monday, May 11, Roanoke City Council will adopt a budget that includes the below fee increases for downtown parking and library usage, late fees and/or damages. If you find the below charts of parking fees and library fees confusing you are not alone. It is no worse than the downtown sign parking restrictions that you […]

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U.S. Senators ask Pres. Obama to “Ban the Box” on federal job applications

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sixteen states including Virginia have already begun to implement “ban the Box” hiring practices to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 24 of their Senate colleagues today in urging President Obama to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism by taking executive action and requiring federal […]

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Virginia former AG Ken Cuccinelli forms Liberty Now PAC

Friday, May 8, 2015

Virginia former AG Ken Cuccinelli forms Liberty Now PAC

Virginia former Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has created the Liberty Now PAC. Using a quote from Ronald Reagan that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Cuccinelli said, “it was true then and it’s true now.” With Republicans holding the Virginia State Senate by a slim 21-19 majority he said […]

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City Council’s 10% pay increase to be adopted Monday

Thursday, May 7, 2015

City Council's 10% pay increase to be adopted Monday

The mayor’s pay currently stands at $20,000, the Vice Mayor receives $15,688 and council members receive $15,560. A ten percent (10%) increase will take affect July 1, 2015. The increases result in a salary of $22,000 for the Mayor, $18,216 for the Vice Mayor and $17,116 for each council member. The 10% increase was argued […]

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Statements of Economic Interest for local city officials should be publicly accessible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Statements of Economic Interest for local city officials should be publicly accessible

Grade Roanoke City official’s Statements of Economic Interest completed for the December 2014 period. Elected City Council and Board of Supervisors members, among others, are required to complete Statements of Economic Interest by June 15 and December 15 of each year. For Roanoke City Council these forms are maintained in the city clerk’s office and […]

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The corrected explanation on real estate tax calculation for low income seniors

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The corrected explanation on real estate tax calculation for low income seniors

CORRECTION to Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents: The real estate tax calculation for low income seniors and the disabled per the City Attorney Dan Callaghan: The fixed amount a low income senior or A disable person whose real estate tax rate was approved to be frozen will never […]

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Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.  I am proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish, working together, to protect the most vulnerable, Virginia’s children, to conserve Virginia’s open space, to rebuild Virginia’s economy, and recently to reform our […]

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Roanoke City Delegate Sam Rasoul joins chorus opposing governor’s privacy veto

Monday, May 4, 2015

Roanoke City Delegate Sam Rasoul joins chorus opposing governor's privacy veto

ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has expressed disappointment in Governor McAuliffe’s Friday veto of SB 965, legislation that would have limited government retention of personal data from license plate readers. Rasoul joins a growing chorus of those left frustrated by the veto, a group that includes voices across the political spectrum from […]

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Virginia AG Mark Herring reverses Cuccinelli opinion on TRAP regulations

Monday, May 4, 2015

Virginia AG Mark Herring reverses Cuccinelli opinion on TRAP regulations

This morning, the Office of the Attorney General issued new legal guidance regarding how the Virginia Department of Health and State Board of Health can proceed with implementing revisions to Virginia’s TRAP regulations. In particular, the guidance notes that the Board of Health does not have the authority to require existing women’s health centers to […]

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Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents

Monday, May 4, 2015

Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents

The city dumps the garbage fee of $7 monthly or $84 annually because it hurt low income homeowners harder than high income homeowners. The $1.22 Roanoke City real estate tax rate that will take effect July 1 exceeds the $1.21 rate that prevailed until then Mayor Nelson Harris and city council reduced the rate in […]

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Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

Friday, May 1, 2015

Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) responds to Governor McAuliffe’s veto of SB 965. The statement is from Senator Petersen’s blog, OxRoadSouth.com – First of all, I like the Governor and support his policies on economic development, which have brought thousands of new jobs to Virginia.  I also consider him a friend, and sometimes friends disagree, […]

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