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Women’s Think-Tank Looks at Barriers to Community Problem Solving

The lack of continuity between government administrations and the inability to bring critical projects to completion were cited this weekend as barriers to solving some key community issues, ranging from crime reduction to increasing access to mental health resources.

STX Foundation Eyes Collaborative Approach to Kids Count Data Book

The St. Croix Foundation for Community Development on Tuesday announced its first Kids Count publication – the USVI 2020 Snapshot – outlining the highly collaborative and data-driven approach it will take to the annual report.
V.I. Clean Coasts is focusing on eliminating single-use plastics, including these plastic straws that ended up on Coki Beach. (Photo by Kitty Edwards)

Op-Ed: Beach Cleanup Data Needed for Legislative Change

Without data, meaningful legislation can’t be backed by science, and in the USVI this scenario is all too common.

Data Shows Territory ‘Ahead of the Curve’ on COVID-19

An analysis of local COVID-19 cases shows that the U.S. Virgin Islands is ahead of the curve, especially when compared to data from other states and territories who may be heading into a peak in their numbers without effective social distancing measures in place.
Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory and Janelle Sarauw discuss the VIVIS bill, which they co-sponsored. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Measure to Reorganize Long-Languishing Data System

The long dormant V.I. Virtual Information System, or VIVIS, may be reworked with a new executive council if a bill forwarded out of the Senate Rules Committee is enacted. But funding concerns remain.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee gather on Thursday to discuss nine different bills. (Photo Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Eight Bills Moved Forward, Two Held in Committee

Senators of the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved eight bills forward on Thursday, holding two additional bills in the committee for further discussion. Three of the approved bills focused on government responsibility and appropriation of funding.

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