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BMV Announces a New STT Facility is Within Reach

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles stands to receive additional funding after the Senate Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to appropriate money for a rebuild of the St. Thomas facility that hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated.  

AG: Child Support and Paternity Hearings Have Ground to a Halt

Despite the abilities of the V.I. Supreme and Superior Courts to conduct virtual hearings, child support and paternity hearings have halted since the pandemic hit in March, Attorney General Denise George told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

V.I. Courts Launch Electronic Filing System

Amid a myriad of pandemic-related challenges, Chief Justice Rhys Hodge announced at Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing that, on Aug. 31, the V.I. judicial branch launched a long-awaited electronic filing system for the Superior Court and Supreme Court.

Housing Finance Authority: $19 Million Spent of Nearly $2 Billion Recovery Grant

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told senators on Wednesday that "recovery is a marathon," as he relayed “the incredible amount of bureaucracy” that goes into managing and spending nearly $2 billion in disaster grant funding.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte defends his department's budget before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. (Photo from USVI Legislature)

Despite Imminent Restrictions, Tourism Says USVI Has Been ‘Top of the Pack’ During Pandemic

Despite imminent restrictions that will shut down much of the V.I. economy, Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte told senators Thursday the territory has been “top of the pack” in terms of destinations tourists can reasonably travel to during the global pandemic.

Ag Department Wants More Employees; WTJX Settling for Less Cash

Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson told senators Tuesday it is time the government prioritizes the expansion of Agriculture for the benefit of farmers, families, the community at large and the V.I. economy.

90 Percent of Board of Education Student Loans are Delinquent, Senators Learn

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday expressed sharp disapproval of the V.I. Board of Education's student loan collection efforts after learning that 90 percent of such loans are delinquent.

Bryan Defends Contract to Daughter’s Firm, Decries ‘Attacking the Children’

Health officials and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. say a $1 million no-bid contract awarded to Avera Inc., whose management includes Bryan’s daughter, Aliyah Bryan, and campaign intern, Michael Pemberton, was proper.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Despite ‘Colossal Setback’ of COVID-19, Governor Expresses Hope for V.I.’s Economy

While the V.I.'s financial woes are enough to keep any leader up at night, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is confident that when the pandemic eases the territory will be poised for a comeback.

Senators Say Health Department Didn’t Follow Procurement Process for $1 Million Contract

Members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed shock when Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said the department entered a $1 million contract for pandemic-related contact tracing services without requesting bids through Property and Procurement.

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