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Governor Announces Federal Designation Of 212 Qualified Opportunity Zones

May 24, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury has officially designated 212 Virginia Qualified Opportunity Zones. Northam submitted 212 nominations in April, which represented the maximum number of zones the Governor was able to nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.

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Governor Appoints Dr. James Lane As State Superintendent Of Public Instruction

May 24, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he has appointed Dr. James Lane as Virginia’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Governor Northam Statement On Virginia Senate Budget Process

May 23, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today on the ongoing discussions in the Senate of Virginia about the state budget:

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Virginia Tourism Revenues Reached $25 Billion In 2017

May 22, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s tourism revenues reached $25 billion in 2017, a 4.4 percent increase over 2016. In 2017, tourism in Virginia supported 232,000 jobs—an increase of 1.1 percent compared to 2016. The tourism industry also provided $1.73 billion in state and local revenue, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to 2016.

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Emergency Medical Services Week Recognizes The Dedication And Courage Of Virginia’s EMS Providers

May 21, 2018

When you dial 911 for help you don’t have time to think about what it takes to save a life, but you are comforted in knowing that medical providers will quickly respond to your emergency. These first responders are Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services providers and they are part of one of the greatest EMS systems in the nation.

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Governor Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Drops To Lowest Rate In Over A Decade

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in April to 3.3 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent is the lowest rate since the December 2007 rate of 3.3 percent.

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Governor Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Efforts To Ensure Access To Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Virginians

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bills 844, 934, 935, and 964, which would put Virginians at risk of being underinsured, result in rapidly increasing Marketplace premiums, and undermine key protections in the Affordable Care Act. Governor Northam remains committed to expanding health care for nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians, return millions to the state budget, and reduce Marketplace premiums. The Governor’s full veto statements are below.

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Governor Vetoes Legislation That Excludes Criteria Essential To Ensuring Fair Electoral Maps

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1598 and Senate Bill 106, which fall short of establishing sufficient criteria to ensure that electoral maps are drawn fairly. The Governor’s full veto statement for House Bill 1598 is below. Governor Northam signed an identical statement for Senate Bill 106.

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Governor Vetoes Legislation That Unnecessarily Interferes With Voter Registration Process

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1144, which would place undue burdens on individuals or groups assisting applicants with voter registrations and could result in the applications of eligible voters being unnecessarily delayed or denied. The Governor’s full veto statement is below.

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Governor Vetoes Legislation Restricting Local Authorities From Adopting Fire And Life Safety Regulations

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1595 and Senate Bill 972, which would restrict the ability of local governing bodies to adopt standards for protecting citizens and structures from fires involving combustible landscape cover materials. The Governor’s full veto statement for House Bill 1595 is below. Governor Northam signed an identical statement for Senate Bill 972.

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