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First Lady Pamela Northam Launches New Early Childhood Education Initiative

June 21, 2018

Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam today announced a new initiative to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education programs across Virginia, support the early childhood education workforce, and ensure that Virginia makes the most of early childhood education resources.

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AG Herring Joins 20 Attorneys General To Demand End To Illegal, Cruel Immigration Tactics

June 19, 2018

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the cruel attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual and gang violence.

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Governor Recalls Virginia National Guard Troops From U.S. Southwest Border

June 19, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement after he ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. Southwest border in response to the federal government’s enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families.

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VDOE, Virginia Community College System Recognize Exemplary Career And Technical Education Programs

June 18, 2018

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System honored 16 exemplary career and technical education programs and partnerships.

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Governor Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.2%

June 15, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.2 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. May’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent is the lowest rate since the October 2007 rate of 3.2 percent.

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Governor Announces $1.265 Million To Localities For School Resource Officer, School Security Officer Positions

June 14, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam announced today the award of grants totaling $1.265 million to localities throughout the Commonwealth that will fund school resource officer and school security officer positions at elementary, middle, and high schools.

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$50 Million In Grants Awarded To Support Programs Across Virginia’s Criminal Justice System

June 14, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that $50 million in funds administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services were awarded to localities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to benefit Virginia’s criminal justice system.

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May 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 1.4% From Previous Year; Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.1%

June 14, 2018

Governor Northam announced today that May revenue collections increased 1.4 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.1 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4 percent growth.

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Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress To Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation

June 14, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today signed a letter with a coalition of governors from coastal states, urging Congressional leadership to reject legislation that would punish states for seeking to block offshore drilling and protect their coasts.  

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Governor Northam Signs 2018–2020 Biennial Budget

June 7, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today signed two bills that fund state government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and all of Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. The new state budget increases health care access for up to 400,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid, invests in core economic priorities and increases cash reserves.

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