The City of Richmond is considering converting several streets to bike boulevards, encouraging slower traffic and making them more bike friendly starting with Floyd Avenue in the Fan and Museum District. The proposals include traffic circles for some intersections, and some with bumpers that will create barriers to slow traffic for pedestrians and bikes. They will also include additional street markings and signage.
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Dominion Virginia Power is currently working on a 10 to 12-year project to bury 350 to 400 miles of electrical lines underground in 20 percent of the worst performing tap lines in the system. Dominion has been burying tap lines in new development for decades, though thousands of miles of lines in older neighborhoods still run above ground.
Virginia ended the 2014 fiscal year with $89 million less than projected last month, which will likely lead to cuts in the newly adopted budget.
Aside from new investments in a handful of programs such as mental health services and domestic violence prevention, the two-year spending plan adopted by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McAuliffe last month was essentially flat over the previous budget.
Opponents of expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program say the state’s lower than projected revenue numbers for FY2014 highlight why closing the coverage gap is something the state can’t afford, while supporters argue that expansion will save the state money.
The Speaker of the House of Delegates, William Howell, and the Republican Leader of the State Senate, Thomas Norment, have called a special session of the General Assembly for September 22nd to debate Medicaid expansion. The Republicans say they are honoring a commitment they made this year during the regular session, to debate Medicaid separately from the budget.
Governor McAuliffe has tasked Secretary of Health Bill Hazel with producing a report by September 1, detailing how the Governor could expand Medicaid administratively.
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to issue an opinion any day now on Bostic vs. Rainey, the case challenging Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage. The case was argued May 13th and the three-judge panel has been deliberating ever since. Carl Tobias, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond says they are likely digesting the first appellate court decision out of the 10th circuit on June 25th which affirmed the invalidation on Colorado’s same sex marriage ban. He said some of the 4th circuit judges may recast their opinions in light of it.
Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis has collected 10,000 signatures and been officially certified for the November ballot. Sarvis says both Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie are big government candidates.
Libertarians in 7 of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts have made the ballot this cycle, including the 7th, where James Carr could have an impact against Democrat Jack Trammell and Republican Dave Brat, after the stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor earlier this month.
Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate Ed Gillespie has unveiled his plan for U.S. energy development, which he says will boost the economy and create jobs. Gillespie says unleashing American energy is critical to grow the economy.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and senior members of his economic development team have just completed a brief west coast trade mission at the San Diego Biotechnology Conference. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones says the recent success, bringing the Shandong Tranlin Paper Company’s 2 billion dollar investment to Chesterfield County, is building positive momentum and opening the doors for many new prospects and new projects already underway.
Virginia House of Delegates Republicans have hired a former solicitor general under President George W. Bush for a legal analysis that says the Governor cannot expand Medicaid by executive order, without the approval of the legislature. The House leadership paid $25,000 in state funds for former Solicitor General Paul Clement’s analysis. Republicans believe this analysis would also apply to any public private partnerships the Governor may be pursuing.