Area state agencies cope with budget cuts

The cuts are needed to bridge a shortfall in state revenues this fiscal year. Other cuts will be announced later to cover state revenue shortfalls for fiscal year 2016.

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Lawmakers Urge Respect for Public Input

When an important regional decision is in the works that could impact the property or livelihood of hundreds or thousands, citizens are usually encouraged to contact their legislators to make their wishes known.

That avenue won't be as useful to those with concerns about the natural gas pipeline proposed to run through Augusta County.

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Local Attorney Jones to fill Vacant Juvenile Judge Slot

Longtime Waynesboro attorney Linda Schorsch Jones was selected Thursday by the General Assembly to fill the 25th Circuit juvenile and domestic relations court vacancy.

Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, confirmed Jones' selection. He said she is expected to take the position on Dec. 1.


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State Budget Cuts to Impact Valley

It's belt tightening time for Virginia state agencies, local governments and higher education after Monday's announcement by Gov. Terry McAuliffe of cuts in state funding to those entities to cover a two-year $2.4 billion revenue shortfall.

Higher education in the commonwealth will lose $45 million in funding this fiscal year and the next, while aid to Virginia localities will be cut this fiscal year and next by $30 million. State agencies will be cut $92.4 million this year and $100 million in fiscal year 2016.


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Area legislators hope to minimize impact of spending cuts

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Legislators network with Valley businesses at summit

WEYERS CAVE -- Small businesses from the Shenandoah Valley received access to resources, heard stories of startup businesses’ success and networked with area state legislators Monday at the second annual Valley Business Summit.

The summit, the idea of Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, was hosted by Blue Ridge Community College at the Plecker Workforce Center.

This year’s focus was on small businesses, said Dennis Burnett, executive director of The Shenandoah Valley Partnership, one of the sponsors for the summit.


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Revenue Shortfall Threatens Higher Education, Parks Funding

WAYNESBORO — Sen. Emmett Hanger said Tuesday that he hopes the Virginia budget will be finalized by the end of this week.

Hanger, R-Mount Solon, said one of the sticking points is how to deal with an estimated $1.35 billion shortfall in revenues over the next two years. He said that while the state’s rainy day fund can cover part of the shortfall, the remaining half will have to come from spending reductions.


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Chamber of Commerce Recognizes local students

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce recognized 28 students from Waynesboro, Augusta County and Staunton this month. These 28 students are ranked in the top 5 percent of their respective schools and worked this year in multiple activities like marching band, their respective school’s newspaper, yearbook, governor’s school, the foreign language club, drama club, soccer, work study, student government, volleyball or football.

Schools represented this month include Fort Defiance High, Stuarts Draft High, Riverheads High, Fishburne Military School, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Robert E. Lee High, Ridgeview Christian School, Buffalo Gap High, Stuart Hall School, Waynesboro High and Wilson Memorial High.


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Local Lawmakers say Virginia faces Ticking Clock

STAUNTON -- Del. Steve Landes made it clear to area business leaders Wednesday that state government will mostly shut down if there is no budget agreement by June 30.

"Only the General Assembly can appropriate funds, the governor has some discretion,'' said Landes. The Augusta County delegate said only top state officeholders such as Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring would continue to be paid if no budget is hammered out by the Virginia Senate and House.

"He can't operate a state government with these limited powers,'' said Landes of McAuliffe. The delegate spoke at the spring legislative breakfast at The Club at Ironwood sponsored by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Model General Assembly Helps Students Learn

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