RTD columnist and WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the twists and turns of Del. Joe Morrisey legal troubles, other ethics developments and Gov. McAuliffe's budget proposals.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that his administration has restored civil and voting rights to over 5,113 ex offenders, more than any other Governor in a single year.
Virginia is one of the toughest states for rights restoration in the country, but Governor McAuliffe has streamlined the process, shortening the application from 13 pages to one.
Delegate Joe Morrissey of Henrico will resign from the House of Delegates but will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat in a special election on January 13th, a day before the General Assembly session.
Morrissey was charged with inappropriate sexual relations with a minor but entered a plea deal Dec. 12 to one misdemeanor count of contributing to delinquency of a minor and was senteced to serve six months in jail with work release privileges.
Republican Speaker of the House Bill Howell called Morrissey’s announcement “deceitful, selfish and disrespectful.”
Governor McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a departure from what was commonplace under past administrations. The Governor instituted a self-imposed $100 gift limit shortly after taking office, saying it was part of an effort to clean up Virginia’s reputation.
He recently filed a statement of economic interest, which confirmed that he received mostly trinkets related to trade missions.
Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to cap certain tax preferences and credits and raise various fees in order to close the state’s most recent $322 million dollar budget gap.
The Governor’s budget includes no cuts to k-12 public schools and increases wages for those at the bottom of the state pay scale, particularly Sherriff’s deputies, many of whom currently qualify for food stamps.