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TSS Today's Clips-Monday, April 9

Monday, April 9, 2018  
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods.

 

Wagner, Hanger signal willingness to back Medicaid expansion – with conditions

With less than a week before the General Assembly convenes for a special session on the unfinished state budget, the new firewall against Medicaid expansion in the Virginia Senate appears to be losing a couple of bricks…

Assembly won’t solve budget impasse in a day, but the end may be in sight

The General Assembly won’t resolve its budget stalemate when it returns to Richmond on Wednesday, but the end may be in sight in a political showdown over expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program…

Reports: Thousands of 'low risk' offenders not being diverted from prison

Some surprising results have turned up in two new studies of a tool created to keep room in Virginia prisons for violent, repeat criminals by diverting “low risk” offenders to community-based programs…

With massive expansion under way, Virginia becoming a leader in solar energy field

There are sunnier states than Virginia, and there are many states whose policies promoting solar energy have been more radiant. Still, when Microsoft made history in the field two weeks ago, it did so in the Old Dominion…

Elizabeth River Crossings taps former renewable energy executive as next CEO

The company that runs the tunnels that connect Norfolk and Portsmouth has chosen its next chief executive officer. Elizabeth River Crossings’ board of directors named Doug Wilson as its top executive on Friday…

Should Martinsville and Henry County merge schools?

A Henry County Board of Supervisors budget workshop Thursday evening focused mainly on a discussion of whether or not to approach Martinsville regarding consolidating county and city schools…

I-64 widening project enters final stage

The Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have begun the third and final section of the Interstate 64 widening project, though most local…

Danville IDA: Some question purchases, others say group is backbone of small-city revitalization

Most people in Danville area are familiar with the White Mill, the roughly 650,000-square-foot behemoth on Memorial Drive that has been looming over the Dan River between the King Memorial and the Union Street bridge since 1921…

Albemarle eying more bond referendums

Albemarle County voters likely will be asked to fund some capital projects via bond referendum in the November general election. On Tuesday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to have a work session to tell staff which projects it would like to see in the five-year…

County leader with railroad connection played key role in keeping regional trash train running

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority spent two years and $18 million to sidetrack the trash train. But after all that, the effort to use trucks to haul trash to the landfill instead was halted. With deadlines looming, the authority…

Virginia Supreme Court refuses to hear Smith Mountain Lake shoreline cases

The Virginia Supreme Court has refused the petition for appeal in two cases involving property owners on Smith Mountain Lake fighting Appalachian Power Co. for permission to build docks…

Gov. Northam signs "Ashanti Alert" into law for missing, abducted adults

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a local lawmaker’s missing adult alert system bill into law Thursday. The “critically missing adult” alert would be sent out by the Virginia State Patrol for missing adults whose…

Former Newport News Airport director accuses Daily Press of defamation

The former executive director of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is seeking to amend his pending defamation lawsuit to add the Daily Press as a defendant. Ken Spirito…

Two years after Clerk controversy, Board targets two other elected officers

Driven in part over frustrations with the locality’s treasurer, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is set to continue its discussion Monday of potentially doing away with two elected constitutional offices. The board is considering a referendum in November to eliminate those elected offices…

The 2018 Maryland legislative session ends at midnight Monday

Maryland lawmakers are working quickly to pass bills to send to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk before the close of the 90-day legislative session on Monday at midnight. The General Assembly already has…

Top insurance official warns of coming ObamaCare premium hikes

A top executive at the trade group representing health insurers on Monday warned of premium increases for ObamaCare plans next year, saying the situation is “not a pretty picture right now.”…

The steadily disappearing American car

After a century of ferrying millions of daily commuters and taking countless family road trips, simple passenger cars are disappearing from American life, and they may not come back…

Getting featured on interstate logo signs is tricky business — with a price tag

Called specific service signs or interstate logo signs, they aren’t solely there to help motorists find a gas station or a Big Mac. They also financially benefit businesses and the state. And it’s quite a process with a price tag to be featured on them…

Local leadership is key for successful Opportunity Zones

The new law empowers governors of every U.S. state and territory to designate “Opportunity Zones,” comprised of low-income community census tracts, where certain investments will receive a federal tax benefit…

Carrico: Concerns with gambling

This past Session, my colleagues and I voted on thousands of pieces of legislation. Before each vote, we asked questions and sought the information we deemed necessary to make decisions on behalf of our constituents. This year, I asked a lot of questions about…

Layne: The fiscal case for Medicaid expansion

For more than five years, the Virginia General Assembly has engaged in heated discussions about whether to accept federal funding through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand access to health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Virginians who need it…

GO Virginia reports suggests some novel ways to plug the brain drain

If the biggest problem facing rural Virginia is the “brain drain” of educated young adults — and a series of reports from the GO Virginia economic development board says it is — what’s the fix…

The looming threats to state finances

From a strictly fiscal perspective, Virginia is on decent footing, and Medicaid expansion would likely help — at least for a while. The fiscal perspective is not the only lens through…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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