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News Release: VMA Announces Staffing Additions Effective Immediately

VMA Announces Staffing Additions Effective Immediately – VMA Welcomes New Government Affairs Manager and Member Services Coordinator – RICHMOND, VA– The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is excited to announce and welcome the addition of Paige Wernig and Amanda Herbert to its team.   Paige Wernig has joined the VMA team in the new role of […]

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Revenue Forecast: With Billions in Coffers, Governor Youngkin Looks to Tax Relief for Virginians

Revenue Forecast: With Billions in Coffers, Governor Youngkin Looks to Tax Relief for Virginians Governor Glenn Youngkin today sent a letter to Delegate Barry D. Knight and Senator Janet D. Howell to inform them of a revised revenue forecast that estimates the Commonwealth will collect $1.25 billion more in the current fiscal year, on top […]

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Senate panel advances bill to strip citizen boards’ environmental permitting power

Senate panel advances bill to strip citizen boards’ environmental permitting power Key Democrats join with Republicans to back environmental permitting reforms BY: SARAH VOGELSONG A Democrat-controlled Senate panel advanced a Republican proposal Tuesday to strip two Virginia citizen environmental boards of their permitting power, although the committee chair called the decision “a very close call.” “This bill […]

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Republican bills aim to limit power of citizen environmental boards

Republican bills aim to limit power of citizen environmental boards Enviro groups say proposals are unnecessary and would reduce transparency BY: SARAH VOGELSONG Following the State Air Pollution Control Board’s denial of an air permit for a compressor station that would anchor an offshoot of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Republicans are proposing to limit the powers […]

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Senate panel advances bill to strip citizen boards’ environmental permitting power

Senate panel advances bill to strip citizen boards’ environmental permitting power Key Democrats join with Republicans to back environmental permitting reforms BY: SARAH VOGELSONG A Democrat-controlled Senate panel advanced a Republican proposal Tuesday to strip two Virginia citizen environmental boards of their permitting power, although the committee chair called the decision “a very close call.” “This bill […]

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House panel scraps proposals to impose packaging fee on manufacturers

House panel scraps proposals to impose packaging fee on manufacturers GOP delegate says he will ask a state task force to examine idea BY: SARAH VOGELSONG Three proposals to impose a fee on manufacturers selling products in Virginia based on how much packaging they use were killed by a Republican-led House subcommittee last week over concerns […]

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Governor Youngkin Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Nor’easter Expected To Arrive Friday

Governor Youngkin Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Nor’easter Expected To Arrive Friday   RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency today in anticipation of a winter storm arriving tomorrow that will affect several regions of the Commonwealth. At this time, forecasts indicate that while this will be a statewide […]

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A Change in Wind Direction on Virginia Energy Policy?

A Change in Wind Direction on Virginia Energy Policy? By Stephen D. Haner  “The Department of Energy, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality, shall analyze the life cycle of renewable energy facilities, including solar, wind, and battery storage components. The analysis shall assess the (i) feasibility, costs, recycling and salvage opportunities, waste strategies, […]

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Raising the bar

Raising the bar Businesses worry as state increases minimum wage On May 1, Virginia’s minimum hourly wage will rise to $9.50 for most non-farm jobs, and for many business owners, that won’t be too disruptive. But the state’s upcoming Jan. 1, 2022, mandated raise to $11 “is of greater concern” to businesses, says Eric Terry, president […]

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Hudgins: Let science speak: Time to restructure activist citizen boards after denied air permit

On Dec. 3, in a 6-1 vote, the activist Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board voted to deny an air permit for a compressor station in Pittsylvania County as part of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. State Air Pollution Control Board member Hope Cupit stated, “I have concluded that when we equitably consider — not just […]