Weekly Digest – 12/23 to 12/29/19

Weekly Digest – 12/23 to 12/29/19

Summary

Clockwise from upper left:

“A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do” – Mechelle Hankerson, Virginia Mercury

“In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump” – Robin Bravender – Virginia Mercury

“Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives” – Virginia onAir

More articles from past week inside post …

Federal

Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump”
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

State Legislature

Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives
By: Virginia onAir
December 26, 2019

This post has video interviews of nine Northern Virginia representatives and short overviews of each of them. These interviews were among the first interviews conducted by Virginia onAir.

A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do
By: Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – December 24, 2019

Stuart wants to make other cost increases at public colleges more understandable. He filed separate legislation that requires university governing boards  to provide written notice of why they want to increase a president’s compensation and where the funding for the raise would come from. The boards must allow public comment on the change and the increase has to be voted on in an open meeting.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s database of state employee salaries, seven of the 10 highest paid state employees were university presidents this past year:

  • Michael Rao at VCU made $1 million
  • University of Virginia President James Ryan made $962,875
  • J.H. Binford Peay at Virginia Military Institute made $837,267
  • Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands made $775,000
  • Paul Trible at Christopher Newport made $771,287
  • Angel Cabrera, who left his position as president of George Mason this summer, made $763,226
  • John Broderick at Old Dominion made $638,217

Those amounts include housing, cell phone allowances, transportation, bonuses and other items that made up the presidents’ total compensation.

Issues

Gun Sanctuaries

In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – December 20, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions being passed by Virginia localities have “no legal effect,” according to an official opinion issued Friday.

Even if the resolutions were written to explicitly defy the new gun-control laws expected to be passed next year under a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Herring said localities have no such power

College Tuition

A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do
By: Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – December 24, 2019

Senator Richard Stuart wants to make other cost increases at public colleges more understandable. He filed separate legislation that requires university governing boards  to provide written notice of why they want to increase a president’s compensation and where the funding for the raise would come from. The boards must allow public comment on the change and the increase has to be voted on in an open meeting.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s database of state employee salaries, seven of the 10 highest paid state employees were university presidents this past year:

  • Michael Rao at VCU made $1 million
  • University of Virginia President James Ryan made $962,875
  • J.H. Binford Peay at Virginia Military Institute made $837,267
  • Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands made $775,000
  • Paul Trible at Christopher Newport made $771,287
  • Angel Cabrera, who left his position as president of George Mason this summer, made $763,226
  • John Broderick at Old Dominion made $638,217

Those amounts include housing, cell phone allowances, transportation, bonuses and other items that made up the presidents’ total compensation.

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