Virginia Budget

The blackface scandals have caused lawmakers to approach a number of policy issues in new ways. That includes the budget.

A handful of Democrats in the statehouse briefly blocked a tax relief package after progressive groups said it disproportionately hurt low-income African-Americans.

As voters are considering their options later this year, many of the wealthiest in Virginia will be getting a check in the mail — thanks to the budget that lawmakers are moving forward with in Richmond.

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Efforts to bring broadband internet service to rural areas in Virginia could get a big shot in the arm.

Governor Ralph Northam says he will designate $46 million additional dollars to the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative,  a state program that works with public private partnerships to increase service.

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In Virginia, almost 40-percent of women say their most recent pregnancy was unplanned. A new pilot program funded in the latest state budget, is hoping to lower that number.