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Legislature Corner: Almost 10 Years Later, Persistence Sees Corporal Punishment Banned in USVI Schools

Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw thanks her colleagues, testifiers, supporting stakeholders and Gov. Bryan for a significant change to the learning environment of Virgin Islands’ students.

Legislature Corner: Bank Program Approved, Occupancy Tax Efficiency Act Moves to Rules

Senator Samuel Carrión introduced the Occupancy Tax Efficiency Act noting the large amount of money that was apparently being “left on the table” and the tremendous success of the Virgin Islands Government’s agreement with Airbnb

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Releases Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement regarding the passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives.

Legislature Corner: Senate Applauds $300M Community Disaster Loan Forgiveness

“This will certainly prove beneficial as the territory poised itself to be favorably looked at in the investor market. The elimination of this debt places the territory to potentially see lower interest rates, which provides for greater opportunity for increased refunding bond capacity.”

Senator Carrión Encourages Community to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (English and Español)

Sen. Samuel Carrion of St. Croix writes about Hispanic Heritage and the contributions of the Hispanic people who live in the Virgin Islands.

Legislature Corner: Sen Joseph’s Youth Summer Program Leads to Jobs

Joseph’s office budget funded the placement of young people to work at a government agency or non-profit organizations.

Legislature Corner: Farming and Fishing Industries to Be Focus of September 8 Hearing

Sen. Kenneth Gittens, chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture, advises the public it will be discussing issues, concerns and initiatives related to local agriculture and fishing, emphasizing matters that impact small business people working in these industries.

Legislature Corner: Blyden Urges VIHFA to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance

Over the past few months, the U.S. Department of Treasury has loosened restrictions regarding the funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program yet there are no accompanying changes to the requirements and regulations of the local rental assistance program.,

Legislature Corner: V.I. Must Improve Ports, Infrastructure to Support Meaningful Economic Growth

“These are lucrative, sustainable industries, and it is up to us to take the crisis of the refinery shutdown and turn it into an opportunity for true economic diversification,” Sen. Gittens said.

Sen. Carrion Voices Concerns About Territory’s ESL Program

Sen. Samuel Carrión, a former student of the ESL program on St. Croix, became very concerned with the responses given by representatives from the V.I. Department of Education.





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