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TSS Today's Clips October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020  
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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.

Sept. Va. General Fund revenue increases 7.6%

The increase was driven by growth in payroll withholding and corporate and recordation tax collections, according to Gov. Ralph Northam's statement…

Quarantine pay could get second look from Virginia lawmakers if bill is reintroduced

Del. Elizabeth Guzmán, D-Woodbridge, said she is no stranger to the struggles of low-paying jobs. Guzmán said she immigrated to the United States from Peru as a single mother and worked multiple minimum wage jobs just to be able to pay rent and care for her daughter. Guzmán has a mission to secure better financial benefits for minimum wage workers, but she said it’s not going as planned,,,

Virginia budget negotiators reach deal

It has taken almost as long as a regular 60-day session of the General Assembly, but budget negotiators have reached agreement on revisions to the two-year spending plan that appear not to cross lines that Gov. Ralph Northam had drawn for a budget bill he would be willing to sign in the face of economic uncertainly in a public health emergency….

Final state budget proposal scraps measure to expand broadband in rural Virginia

The final revised budget that both chambers still need to approve does not include a proposal to allow municipal broadband authorities to compete with the private sector for state grants to provide high-speed internet in hard-to-reach areas…

Division over redistricting could delay enactment of revised budget until after the election

Intense division among statehouse Democrats over redistricting reform is threatening to delay the state’s spending plan — including COVID-19 relief — which could remain on hold until voters decide the fate of a constitutional amendment on redistricting Nov. 3. Legislative leaders in the House and Senate described Wednesday a three-way deal with the governor’s office that would delay enactment of the budget until the referendum is decided next month…

Hampton Roads Sanitation District receives $225 million loan from EPA to help replenish aquifer

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler presented the Hampton Roads Sanitation District with a $225 million loan Tuesday to help with HRSD’s efforts to make sure there’s enough fresh water for future generations…

Dominion, Appalachian Power team up to expand energy storage

Transurban, the company that operates toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia, is seeking investors to buy into the Virginia express lanes, the company confirmed Friday. Scott Charlton, chief executive of the Australian company, on Thursday announced plans to sell stakes of the U.S. toll operations, all of which are in Virginia, as part of a strategy to free up capital to pursue other projects in the United States…

Federal judge orders Virginia voter registration deadline to be extended through Thursday

A federal judge Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote until 11:59 p.m. Thursday in light of a construction accident that shut down the online voter registration system for several hours Tuesday, which was originally the last day to register…

In Southwest Virginia, aging wastewater systems pose big problems for cash-strapped communities

Southwest Virginians have long looked beneath the surface of the rugged coalfield region for wealth and opportunity. But just below the asphalt and concrete of the communities that dot its ridges and valleys, the area’s aging and dilapidated wastewater systems are draining the coffers of localities already strapped for cash. Across Virginia, water and wastewater systems are some of the biggest headaches for rural towns and counties…

Northam announces wind training alliance

Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced the formation of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance, Virginia’s first workforce training collaborative for the offshore and onshore wind energy industries. The program will offer industry-required certifications for wind project operations and long-term maintenance…

The coronavirus prompts new urgency for rural Internet access

Jason Onorati moved to rural Powhatan, Va., 23 years ago, when he didn’t need the Internet to raise a family. He lives with his young son and his 2-year-old granddaughter on a gravel dead-end road on the edge of town, one of many pockets of rural America that lack reliable WiFi…

JRWA to study alternative site to Rassawek for pump station

The James River Water Authority said Wednesday it will more closely study a potential alternative site for a project that currently is slated to be built on land that was home to Rassawek, the historic capital of the Monacan nation. On Wednesday, the authority board voted to allow a consultant to move forward with an archaeological survey of a potential alternative site for the project…

Norfolk approves new Airbnb rules — with more to come

Norfolk’s City Council approved a new round of regulations on short-term rentals, like Airbnb stays, over the objections of one councilman Tuesday. Tommy Smigiel, who represents the Ocean View area of the city where the bulk of Airbnb listings are located, said he believed after talking with constituents that the changes to Norfolk’s zoning law seemed to be trying to solve problems that didn’t exist…

Blacksburg Town Council OK's Shentel franchise

Town Council unanimously approved a cable franchise Tuesday night for Shentel, a move that will allow the company to bring home internet and television services to the town. The franchise, which passed on a 7-0 vote, allows the Edinburg-based provider to use Blacksburg right-of-ways to run its lines…

Coal communities get $43.3M in project funding from ARC

Three projects in Southwest Virginia are among 51 across 12 Appalachian states that will receive a total of $43.3 million to support economic diversification in coal-impacted communities, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced Wednesday…

Henrico OKs demolition for indoor arena; HHHunt, Sauer rezonings approved

The agreement includes design and construction planning for the arena, which would replace the mall’s former Sears building and fill about 25 of the 75 acres’ worth of property that Rebkee plans to redevelop…

Pocahontas Parkway operator launches toll payment app

Madrid-based Globalvia, which operates the Pocahontas Parkway (State Route 895) in Chesterfield and Henrico counties, has launched a new toll payment app that allows drivers to pay tolls in real time on Virginia toll roads without a prepaid pass…

GO TEC Training Lab opens in Danville with goal of introducing students to technology and manufacturing careers

The facility opens as just one segment of a broader plan to incorporate precision machining, welding, automation and cyber security, among other similar topics, into area classrooms…

What should Virginia do with its future marijuana tax revenue?

There’s so much news right now that it’s hard to keep up.The presidential election. The pandemic. The pot revenues in Colorado. One of those is distinctly more interesting than the others so let’s deal with that one…

Coal dust in Norfolk, Newport News requires action

The huge piles of coal waiting to be shipped via rail in two Hampton Roads neighborhoods — Lamberts Point in Norfolk and the Southeast Community in Newport News — create dust that darkens cars and outdoor furniture and seeps inside buildings. Residents there are a lot more likely to suffer from asthma, and that they may also be prone to other respiratory problems and even cancer…


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