Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) will unveil a proposal Wednesday to impose a
4 percent tax on restaurants and bars as he tries to make up for $260
million the state could lose in taxes and profit if Virginia privatizes
its liquor system, according to several sources familiar with the plan.
A group of state legislators
announced their intent to file an Amicus Brief in support of the federal
government in the lawsuit being brought by Virginia's Attorney General
to nullify the new health care law.
President Barack Obama's program to
jump-start the economy with a flood of federal spending has put more
than $3 billion into the pockets of Virginians who need it -- the
working poor, unemployed and seniors, according to a liberal think tank.
The 2010 General Assembly adjourned March 14th, one day later than
scheduled, and was dominated by a single overriding issue:
unprecedented cuts to state spending and core services once thought to
Recent reports have raised serious concerns about program failures,
secret deportation quotas and the high costs of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS)'s controversial 287(g) program, which trains and
authorizes state and local police departments to enforce federal
Even as right-wing state legislators and attorneys general from various
states unleash a barrage of attacks in an attempt to halt federal health
reform before it starts, progressive state legislators and officials
have been pushing back, highlighting the benefits that states will
receive and the increased provision of quality and affordable care for
families through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.