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Residents Get More Assurance that Insurance Claims Will Be Paid

After a three-year effort, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Division of Banking and Insurance has more tools to make sure insurance companies in the Virgin Islands are financially stable enough to pay resident's claims.
Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham responds to questions from the Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

EDA Sees Bright Future for Investments in the Territory in 2020

The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority Governing Board extended the contract for its auditor and approved travel for staff on Thursday.
Smoke rises in the background while the landfill office is quiet. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Anguilla Fire Still Burning; Smoke Blowing Across STX Airport

This was not a good week to fly in or out of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. A fire that was reported early Sunday at the Anguilla Landfill was still smoking on Tuesday afternoon.

Senators Criticize WAPA Then Bail It Out

Senate votes to bailout WAPA with funds from GERS.
GERS board member Stephen Cohen takes part in the video conferences from St. Croix to St. Thomas. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Brutal Consequences May Be Coming for Retirees

Government employees resigning and taking out what they have in the Government Employees Retirement System will accelerate the system’s free fall to bankruptcy.
Sen. Allison DeGazon introduced the Blue Economy bill. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators, Department Heads Want a ‘Blue Economy’

V.I senators and department heads want to move to what they are calling a "Blue Economy," but there are concerns about how it will be organized, funded and what exactly a Blue Economy is.
Sen. Dwayne DeGraff

Tax Amnesty Clears Committee, Moves on to Rules

No one at Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Finance Committee appeared enthusiastic about another tax amnesty, but senators were willing to offer one more window of 180 days for the tax amnesty.
A brightly decorated boat takes part in the annual Christiansted Holiday Boat Parade. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Illuminated Boats Deliver Christmas Spirit in Christiansted Harbor

The Christmas spirit of forgiveness was alive at the St. Croix Boat Parade in the Christiansted harbor Saturday night, the crowd cheered as the V.I. Water and Power Authority boat cruised by the boardwalk blaring the song Electric Avenue, occasionally cutting off its lights simulating a power outage.
The Federal Elections Commission headquarters in Washington D.C. (Shutterstock image)

Feds Questioning Who Represents V.I. Republicans

A recent request from the Federal Election Commission on top of a recent guilty plea by the treasurer of VIGOP has left some of the 2,000 registered Republicans in the territory wondering whether the organization legitimately represents the Republican Party in the USVI.
Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Financial Heads Oppose Bill They Say Bypasses Procurement Rules

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant commissioner at the Department of Finance, had a long day at the Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday as senators debated bills.

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