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Plaskett Likes Gov’s Plan But Concerned About Follow Through

Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. touched on a multitude of federally-funded spending plans for the territory in his State-Of-The-Territory address Monday night. These high-hopes lists are something of an unofficial tradition for the annual speech — outlining how money allocated in Washington D.C. can help bolster infrastructure projects in the Virgin Islands.

Department of Finance Announces Distribution of Electronic W-2 Tax Forms

The V.I. Department of Finance has announced the first distribution of electronic W-2s. Follow the instructions below to opt in.

V.I. is Not Only ‘Surviving,’ It is ‘Thriving,’ Bryan Says in Fourth SOT Address

Laying bare his administration's accomplishments over the past three and a half years and setting the stage for the next four, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said the territory is not only "surviving," in the aftermath of two hurricanes and an ongoing national pandemic, it "is thriving."

Senators Said That Governor Bryan’s State of the Territory Address Was Hopeful but Fluffy

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. addressed the public during his annual State of the Territory address on Monday and was met with mixed feelings by senators who described his speech as hopeful, upbeat, and fluffy.

Plaskett Headed On Diplomatic Mission To Middle East

Congressional Delegate Stacey Plaskett was unable to attend the Monday-night State Of The Territory Address because she was scheduled to fly to the Middle East on Tuesday, she said.

Thorny Issues Line the Path to Possible Constitutional Convention

If there is a sixth Constitution Convention, it will face a challenge both clear and daunting: reconciling a desire to preserve traditional culture without running afoul of protections for individual rights, including those of "newcomers."

USVI Handles More Sex Trafficking Cases Per Capita Than Any U.S. State

V.I. Attorney General Denise George announced a collaboration with a national child protection think tank, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and victim services organizations in the VI to spearhead programs to combat human trafficking that has plagued the V.I. for years.

State of the Territory to Be Streamed on Source Social Media

The Legislature is preparing to host Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Monday night for his fourth State of the Territory Address, which – along with the Government House Facebook page and access channel 27 – will be available for viewing on the V.I. Source's Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.

Advocates Try, Try Again for V.I. Constitution

It may indeed take some magic to avoid the pitfalls of previous attempts, but supporters of the move to establish yet another Constitutional Convention are hoping the sixth time proves the charm.

This Week’s Senate Calendar January 24 – 28

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

DPNR Informs Public of St. John Coastal Zone Management Meeting

This meeting will be held via the video conferencing platform Zoom at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. The agenda is as follows.

$99M in Federal Funding to Build Flood Control Projects, Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Congresswoman Plaskett announces $99 million in new funding for vital V.I. projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Disaster Relief Law.

Governor Bryan Signs a Dozen Bills Into Law; Vetoes Revised “Special Interest” Bill Regarding Casino Licensing

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has signed into law a dozen measures sent up by the 34th Legislature and has vetoed a revised version of a "special interest" bill previously vetoed that seeks to reduce a requirement on a Casino's existing license that it must have a banquet space for at least 400 persons.

Virtual Expo to Bring GVI Employees Closer to Achieving Wellness Goals

The full-day virtual expo will feature a range of interactive sessions, dynamic speakers and meaningful demonstrations on cooking, fitness and health management.

Improvement is Still Needed For The Territory’s Medical Facilities

Among the many operational challenges occurring at the medical facilities in the territory, it appears that little progress has been made addressing the operations, infrastructure, and disaster recovery projects, as revealed during Friday's senate hearing for the members of the Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.

Senate Committee Passes ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Bill

Senators and testifiers dialoguing Friday about a responsible fatherhood initiative bill made note of this year's Kids Count Data statistics, which show that 58 percent of children under the age of 18 live in single-parent, female-headed households, compared to the national average of 23 percent.

Law Enforcement Planning Commission Suspends In-Person Contacts

To ensure the health and wellness of the staff, its clients and the public in general, LEPC will be exercising the following precautionary measures

USVI Employers Reminded to Submit 2021 Injury and Illness Data by March 2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) collects this information annually and began collecting the data for the 2021 calendar year on Jan. 2.

SBA Deadline Approaching for Working Capital Loans for Disaster Declaration for Drought

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Informs Public of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The U.S. Department of Justice is commemorating the 11th Annual National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and is emphasizing its continued commitment to combatting human trafficking in all its forms.

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