Archives: ‘From Richmond’

EPA Accepts Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

December 30th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell received word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan submitted by the Administration in November. The plan was developed as part of EPA’s establishment of a total maximum daily load or “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia is one of seven Bay jurisdictions which develop such plans.

Governor McDonnell Receives Report From Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council

December 22nd, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Health & Fitness]

Yesterday, Governor Bob McDonnell received the final report and recommendations of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council from Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel. In August, the Governor created the Advisory Council to provide recommendations towards a comprehensive strategy for implementing health reform specific to the needs of Virginia.

Virginia And Norfolk Southern Sign Landmark Agreement For Passenger Rail Service

December 20th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Traffic & Transportation]

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia and Norfolk Southern Railway Company have signed a landmark agreement that is an important step toward bringing daily intercity passenger rail service back to Norfolk for the first time since 1977. The round-trip train will link Norfolk with a single-seat ride to Richmond, Washington, D.C., and cities as far north as Boston.

McDonnell Announces Biennial Budget Amendments

December 17th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Top Stories]

In a speech to the members of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations and House Finance Committees this morning, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell presented his package of amendments to the biennial budget.

Governor McDonnell Announces Long-Term Reforms To Virginia’s Retirement System (VRS)

December 16th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Top Stories]

In the face of an unfunded liability of $17.6 billion, combined with a growing number of state employees approaching retirement age, Governor Bob McDonnell announced today broad reforms to ensure the long-term solvency of Virginia’s state retirement system. Under the McDonnell plan all Virginia employees will now contribute 5% to their retirement plans for the first time since 1983

Decker Announces Vision For Public Safety

December 16th, 2010 | [From: Courts & Crime, From Richmond]

Today, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker announced Governor Bob McDonnell’s vision for public safety in Virginia during a press briefing held in Richmond.

McDonnell Announces Cuts And Savings In Upcoming Budget Amendments

December 15th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Top Stories]

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced a number of cuts, savings and re-prioritizations that will be part of his formal budget amendments on Friday. Cumulatively, the proposed cuts will save and then reallocate $191 million taxpayer dollars. The full package of all items will be unveiled on Friday.

McDonnell Announces Budget Amendment To Provide Additional Funding For Federation Of Virginia Food Banks

December 15th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond]

Today Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that he will propose an amendment to the current biennial budget to provide an additional $500,000 in state funding for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to support the Kids BackPack program that ensures nutritious meals for low-income children when school is not in session.

Governor McDonnell Receives Results Of Fourth Transportation Audit

December 14th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond, Traffic & Transportation]

Governor Bob McDonnell today received the results of the recently completed Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) audit of Virginia’s transportation planning and programming. The audit was initiated last session by Governor McDonnell’s legislation, HB42, sponsored by Delegate Glenn Oder.

Governor McDonnell Announces Plan To Save $1.4 Million In Department Of Taxation

December 8th, 2010 | [From: From Richmond]

Today Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that he will call for the elimination of certain contracts for information technology consultants in the Department of Taxation, saving the Commonwealth $1.4 million.