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Annual Report for the Virginia Plan for Higher Education, January 2017

Categories: Education-Higher,Virginia Issues$file/HD7.pdf

Establishes a goal that 70% of Virginia’s population would hold some postsecondary credential by 2030 which would make Virginia one of the top states for educational attainment.   From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


BOEM Denies Atlantic Seismic G&G Permits

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

Agency press release announcing the denial of permits for further surveys of oil and gas deposits in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean.  Cites a diminished need for additional survey information, because the Atlantic Program Area has been removed  from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Virginia Population Shifts: Localities Face Challenges as Growth Slows

Categories: Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Virginia Issues

Analyzes the changes in Virginia’s population as some localities continue to grow by double digits while others deal with slowing growth rates or declining population.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Managing Spending in Virginia’s Medicaid Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Medicaid spending accounted for 22% of the general fund budget in FY2016, compared with 14% in FY2007.  Offers 35 recommendations for improvement.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


Governor McAuliffe Announces His Upcoming Budget Will Include 1.5% Bonus for State Employees in 2017

Categories: Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Virginia Issues

Press release revealing parts of the governor’s proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  Calls for bonuses from sources of one-time funding in lieu of pay increases for state employees and school teachers.  The state’s revenue shortfall is blamed for the failure to include a pay increase.  From the Office of the Governor


Governor Terry McAuliffe Unveils Amendments to Biennial Budget for FY 2016-2018 to the Joint Money Committtees

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Taxes,Virginia Issues

Text of the governor’s speech before the legislature’s money committees with proposed amendments to the state budget for the second year of the biennium.  Announces a tax amnesty and other tax adjustments to boost revenues, some additional savings/reductions measures, but some budget relief for the Library of Virginia, which had been faced with 15 potential layoffs.  From the Office of the Governor


Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program


Hampton Roads Regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Describes the water quality monitoring program launched by the USGS in partnership with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to determine the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids added to the Chesapeake Bay by the Hampton Roads communities.  From the U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3095


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