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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Hunger Organizations Ready For Thanksgiving, Encourage Volunteerism Every Day

Just days away from Thanksgiving, charitable organizations who fight hunger are enjoying their busiest time of the year, though they want Virginians to know that hunger is a year round problem. Josh Wachs, Chief Strategy Officer for Share Our Strength says the holidays can be particularly hard for families trying to feed their children.

McAuliffe Says Budget in “Perilous” Situation

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly likely will have to make further cuts to the state budget to offset declining tax collections. Where those cuts will be made remains to be seen.

Governor McAuliffe and the leaders of the House and Senate money committees met with the state’s top economic advisors yesterday (11/24). McAuliffe says automatic cuts brought on by sequestration -- if Congress does not come together to repeal them -- will further damage Virginia’s economy.

McAuliffe Establishes New Hunger Task Force

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order yesterday (11/20) to establish the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide which aims to end hunger in the state. Governor McAuliffe says Virginia leaves 20 million dollars in federal money on the table each year for school breakfast, lunch and summer feeding programs because many schools don’t take the time to apply.

Virginia Film Industry Has $382 Million Economic Impact

Filmmaking in Virginia had a $382 million economic impact on the commonwealth’s economy in 2013, 16% more than in the previous year, as the television and moviemaking industry in the state continues to grow.

Two of the most significant projects from last year were AMC’s revolutionary spy series “Turn” and the National Geographic movie “Killing Kennedy.” Feature-length films included the civil war drama The Field of Lost Shoes, filmed in Lexington and Richmond, and Big Stone Gap, filmed in Wise County.

Kaine and Warner on Opposite Ends of Pipeline Debate

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, were divided yesterday on their support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Senator Tim Kaine opposed the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline. He says rising sea levels have a direct affect on Virginians specifically in Hampton Roads, by flooding roads, damaging homes and wrecking economic havoc on families and businesses.

Distillers Against Increased Liquor Prices

Distillers and liquor distributors have objections to the Virginia ABC’s decision yesterday to increase prices. The ABC says prices will increase by 24-29 cents for the average $15 bottle. Though Scott Harris, founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purceville, says the markup will disproportionately affect smaller manufacturers trying to establish a brand.

Catoctin is a Virginia based craft distillery with 20 employees. A bottle of their Roundstone Rye Whiskey costs more to manufacture. It sells for $45.

ABC Board Votes to Increase Liquor Prices

Starting December 8th Virginians will pay a few cents on the dollar more for liquor. The Virginia ABC board voted unanimously Monday (11/17) on several increases aimed to generate more revenue for internal operations and for the state general fund. The price of the average $15 dollar 750 milliliter liquor bottle will go up 24-29 cents.

The board also moved to increase the price of 50 milliliter mini-bottles by 15 cents for the average $1.30 bottle.

UR Professor’s Book Details Climate Change in Virginia

By the middle of this century Richmond, Arlington and Charlottesville will have twice their current number of 90-degree days according to new book written by University of Richmond Professor Stephen Nash titled Virginia Climate Fever. Professor Nash says Virginia is 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer since the mid 1970’s and if greenhouse emissions continue to grow at their current rate, that problem will get worse.

Nash says the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are 30% more acidic than they were at the start of the industrial revolution.

McAuliffe Aims to Sign 160,000 Virginians for Obamacare

Governor Terry McAuliffe and his administration are working hard to encourage uninsured Virginians to sign up for health coverage during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The McAuliffe Administration hopes to sign up at least 160,000 of the half million Virginians eligible for coverage through the federal marketplace by February 15th.