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Daily Clip 5/17/17
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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 .

 

McAuliffe proposes Statewide Carbon Cap

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) ordered state officials Tuesday to create regulations that will reduce carbon emissions from power plants and emphasize clean energy sources such as solar, a plan similar to the federal policy that President Trump has threatened to rescind…

State preparing for $400M worth of building projects in Richmond

The state of Virginia is about to embark on a building spree in Richmond, with over $400 million worth of construction and renovation projects planned from downtown to the Carillon, including…

ODU Economist: Hampton Roads Region to recover lost jobs this year

This year, Hampton Roads is expected to finally recover the rest of the 35,000 jobs the region lost during the recession, an Old Dominion University economist said Tuesday. "This recovery has been very slow…

Virginia Information Technology Chief says patches and software updates critical

In the wake of the world-wide Wanna Cry cyber attack, the chief security officer of Virginia’s agency protecting state computers says we all need to be prepared for the next one. The Virginia Information Technology Agency has an operational role in…

Study shows manufacturing still leading sector in Valley economy

A study commissioned by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board shows that manufacturing is still the largest industry sector in the Valley…

Centra to request $50M in bonds for work in Lynchburg area

Centra Health will be going before the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority on Thursday morning to request $50 million in new Virginia Industrial Development and Revenue Bonds to add…

Region 2000 workforce development programs to have new operators

Starting July 1, workforce development programs in the Lynchburg region will come under new management. At a meeting Tuesday of the Region 2000 Workforce Development Board members voted to…

Roanoke council waits to talk to Airbnb before considering tax on homestay businesses

Right now, those who book rooms inside strangers' homes through sites like Airbnb, HomeAway or VRBO aren't required to pay the 8 percent occupancy tax that they would if they stayed in a hotel…

VDOT to hold hearing Thursday for York County segment of I-64 widening

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing Thursday to present proposed plans for the third segment of widening improvements on Interstate 64 in York County…

New 'concept' for Rappahannock River crossing project on Interstate 95

The massive southbound Rappahannock River crossing project has a new design concept that came about after the Virginia Department of Transportation heard from the public about the original plan…

Airplane, meals tax hike nixed, but real estate, personal property rates to rise in Danville rates

Proposed increases in taxes for meals and personal property on airplanes failed during Danville City Council’s meeting Tuesday night. Council did, however, decide to increase the real estate tax rate by…

Democratic candidates for Virginia Governor running different races

The Democratic candidates for governor seemed to be running against different opponents in their fourth debate Tuesday night, as former congressman Tom Perriello repeatedly attacked President Trump and Republican frontrunner Ed Gillespie instead of his primary opponent…

House authorizes National Cyber Security Center

The federal government could soon have a fully authorized cybersecurity center after the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to officially approve the existing National Computer Forensic Institute…

FCC details rule preempting local laws over new Broadband

The FCC offered more detail on a proposal to preempt state and local laws pertaining to broadband infrastructure deployment, saying in the proposed rule…

Focusing on economic growth in tax reform

Most everyone agrees that the current tax code is outdated and holding back the economy. The question is what to do about it. Updating the tax code should focus on removing or at least reducing the main impediments to economic growth…

A whistle-blower tells of health insurers bilking Medicare

A former official at UnitedHealth Group asserts that the big insurance companies have been systematically bilking Medicare Advantage for years, reaping billions of taxpayer dollars from the program by gaming the payment system…

Fast-food chains have discovered what will bring customers back: alcohol

More and more, fast food giants such as Burger King and Taco Bell are testing how consumers respond to the option of buying beer with their burgers. Burger King already offers beer at one of its…

Calif. Cap-and-Trade foes take fight to State Supreme Court

The California Chamber of Commerce asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to review an appeals court decision upholding the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, insisting that the…

EPA submits Coal Jobs Analysis Plan amid 4th Circ. appeal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday laid out its plan for complying with a West Virginia federal judge's order to study the effect of the agency’s regulations on coal industry jobs, a directive sparked by…

CPA Group takes up Trump’s call To 'review' tax regs

The American Institute of CPAs on Tuesday gave the U.S. Department of the Treasury a list of what it considers burdensome tax regulations possibly worth scrapping as part of a review process initiated…

Democrats in U.S. Senate try to slow Republican deregulation

Democrats are striking back at the U.S. Congress and White House over their push to cut regulations, as Republicans ratchet up attacks on rules they say hurt business and give bureaucrats too much power…

6 States hoping to revamp Medicaid in the Trump era

The Obama administration rejected many conservative politicians' attempts to alter the health-care program for the poor. With Trump in the White House, they may finally get their way…

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