August 19 thru 25, 2019

Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne
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Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne speaks to reporters following an event to announce proposed school funding increases, including an additional 2 percent raise for teachers. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Dec. 11, 2018)

Summary

Featured Article
Virginia finance chief says recession likely: ‘We just need to be prepared’

Executive
In effort to ‘modernize’ agency, DEQ is hampered by lack of funding, outdated laws, report finds

Governor Ralph Northam:
‘Farmer’ Northam says Trump’s trade war has cut profits for growers

General Assembly
3 laws that could cut homicides 36 percent and more numbers on guns in Virginia

Virginia Groundwater:
In James City County, a water crisis by 2.83 million (gallon) cuts

Student censorship
Frederick School Board tightens oversight of student publications

Environment
Why the Mountain Valley Pipeline is uniquely risky
No moratorium on solar projects in Culpeper County

Fort Monroe 400th Anniversary
Virginia’s other 400-year anniversary

 

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State Executive

Governor Ralph Northam

‘Farmer’ Northam says Trump’s trade war has cut profits for growers

By Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – Aug. 20, 2019

“I’m a farmer,” said Northam, who is generally better known as a pediatric neurologist. This year, he said, his leases farm land is full of soybeans, but he and other growers in the state may not be willing to harvest crops if they won’t be able to sell them.

“They may very well stay in the fields if they can’t sell,” Northam told the Joint Money Committee. “The farmers would much rather sell at a profit than rely on federal subsidies.”

Issues

VA Groundwater

In James City County, a water crisis by 2.83 million (gallon) cuts

By Sarah Vogelsong 
Virginia Mercury – August 18, 2019

Groundwater supplies worldwide are shrinking, with a quarter of the global population facing a water crisis down the road, per news reports. But in Virginia, the Department of Environmental Quality began grappling with the dwindling groundwater supply a decade ago and has since charted an ambitious course to decrease withdrawals by two-thirds by the end of the next decade.

Student censorship

Frederick School Board tightens oversight of student publications

By Anna Merod
Winchester Star – Aug. 22, 1019

The Frederick County School Board voted to tighten oversight of school newspapers – a decision one high school journalism student criticized. “Students should be able to write about what they care about and not be censored,” one student said

Environment

Why the Mountain Valley Pipeline is uniquely risky

By Jacob Hileman (Opinion)
Virginia Mercury -Aug. 22, 2109

While the Mountain Valley Pipeline isn’t the first pipeline to cross unstable terrain in landslide-prone Appalachia, it appears to have the dubious distinction of “crossing more miles of high-risk terrain than any other major natural gas transmission pipeline in the past two decades,” guest columnist Jacob Hileman, an environmental hydrologist, contends.  

 No moratorium on solar projects in Culpeper County

Oliver Forrest (Opinion letter)
Culpeper Star -Aug. 21, 2109

“All over the world, countries are including solar as a piece of the solution to the fossil-fuel dilemma, and so should we… Stop taking away the rights of landowners, and let us choose the best use for our private land.”

 

Fort Monroe 400th Anniversary

Virginia’s other 400-year anniversary

By Editorial page staff
Free Lancer – Aug 22, 2019
 

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