The Shandon Tranlin Paper Company has announced a 2 billion dollar investment in Chesterfield County that will create 2,000 new jobs. The Chinese owned pulp and paper company says their proprietary technology is revolutionary for it’s exclusive use of environmentally sustainable agricultural field waste including wheat straw and corn stalks to produce tree-free, non chlorine bleached 100 percent straw paper products.
Articles by Craig Carper
Governor Terry McAuliffe addressed the Commonwealth Transportation Board yesterday to ask them to rethink how they approve projects, removing politics from the equation. McAuliffe attacked the halted U.S. 460 project as a waste of over 300 million in taxpayer dollars, rushed for political purposes.
Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was in Henrico yesterday evening to campaign for Ed Gillespie at the 20th annual Burgers with Bill cookout with former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.
Governor Romney says Gillespie’s plan will create 10 million jobs throughout the country. Gillespie says his victory will mean a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and a check and balance on the last two years of the Obama administration.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell says he’s disappointed by the Norfolk Circuit Court Judge’s decision last week, ruling unconstitutional one of the hallmark initiatives of his administration, the Opportunity Education Institution or OEI. Governor McDonnell says he’s urging the OEI Board to appeal the decision.
The OEI would act as a statewide school board and take over schools from localities that consistently fail to meet state benchmarks. The former Governor says for young people now trapped in failing schools there are no other options.
The August 19th special election to replace Senator Phil Puckett of Tazewell will determine the balance of power in the state Senate and likely the future legislative agenda of Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mike Hymes, a Tazewell County supervisor and third generation coal miner, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat at Wednesday’s nominating convention in Bluefield.
Democrats have seen their numbers shrink in rural communities over the past decade and Puckett’s seat was one of the closest races in the state last November.
The Richmond School Board is considering changing its policy of automatic one-year expulsion for students who are caught using marijuana or alcohol for the first time. Should the board decide to change the policy it would instate a mandatory suspension of up to ten days as well as a counseling program for the student and parents. School Board Vice Chair Kristen Larson says the move would be an effort to change the focus from punishment to prevention and rehabilitation.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will increase the number of properties available for charitable groups like Habitat for Humanity to build on or renovate. Under current law tax delinquent properties with an assessed value of over $50,000 could not be sold by localities to charitable groups. In addition, restrictions on the percentage of tax delinquency to assessed value was making the sale of delinquent properties for redevelopment difficult.
The House of Delegates Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano says he will call for an Inspector General’s investigation into the resignation of former Senator Phillip Puckett, which gave control of the Senate to the Republicans. On the House floor Thursday night Toscano raised questions about whether Puckett’s resignation was given in exchange for a 6 figure job with the state Tobacco Commission.
Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Tea Party has blocked 400,000 Virginians from access to life-saving health care by limiting his authority to expand Medicaid. The Republican majority in the state legislature amended the budget Thursday to prohibit the Governor from taking executive action to expand the state’s Medicaid program in compliance with Obama-care.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion on both sides of the aisle say Eric Cantor’s defeat this week emboldened Tea Party conservatives in the General Assembly in their opposition to using federal dollars to expand health care services for the poor. At the insistence of a group conservative Republican members, the legislature inserted an amendment into the budget prohibiting Governor McAuliffe from taking executive action on Medicaid without the approval of the legislature. Governor McAuliffe says he will carefully be evaluating the budget and will take actions he deems necessary.