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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)

Bryan Proposes USVI Mental Health Law Overhaul; Funding Unclear

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. submitted legislation Thursday aiming to largely reorganize how mental and behavioral health, including alcohol and substance addiction, are treated in V.I. law. The bill, which he mentioned in Monday’s State of the Territory address, does not come with a lot of new money for treatment and care.
Senators and members of the Cabinet congratulate Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. after his second State of the Territory Address Monday night. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Senators: State of Territory ‘Upbeat,’ but Lacks Details

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s second State of the Territory address was met with mixed reviews from senators, who described it as “enthusiastic” and “upbeat,” but lacking details on education and crime fighting initiatives, among other things.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. delivers his State of the Territory address. (Photo by Alvin D. Burke Jr.)

State of the Territory: Bryan Says Good News Is Starting to...

After a year of “trials and triumphs,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the “state of our territory is on the mend” because of the focus his administration has put into three key mandates: stabilizing the government to rebuild pubic trust, recovery and rebuilding efforts and laying a solid foundation to restore the economy.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, center, convened the first meeting of the Governor’s Marine Task Force this week. (Photo submitted by Government House)

Governor Convenes First Meeting of Marine Task Force

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. convened the first meeting of his Marine Task Force Tuesday. The task force is a group of private sector individuals representing all aspects of the marine industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
VITOL propane shipment arrives on St. Croix in 2015, from V.I. Source archives

WAPA Default Cuts Off Propane: Electricity Crisis Prompts Emergency Meetings

Vitol, the V.I. Water and Power Authority's propane supplier and creditor for WAPA's conversion from oil to propane electricity generation, cut off the propane it supplies the utility at noon Saturday. This means WAPA must use more expensive fuel oil instead and cannot use its newest, most efficient generators.

V.I. Government Issues Additional $16.1 Million in Income Tax Refunds

The Finance Department issued $16.1 million in income tax refunds with disbursements of $9.5 million on December 12, and another $6.6 million on Thursday, according to Government House.
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)

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory's new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed mostly to the failing Government Employees Retirement System, as well as new rights for Rastafarians and other changes.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks at Monday's news conference. (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

Governor Tells Investors, ‘We’re Rebuilding’

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. invited investors to take another look at the U.S. Virgin Islands during a conference call on Monday. The governor did so in his role as chairman of the Public Finance Authority, the local agency that manages activity on the bond market.

More Income Tax Refunds On the Way

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has authorized the Bureau of Internal Revenue to pay out an additional $11 million in income tax refunds to tax filers in the territory this week.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his plan to bolster the Territory’s economy with a sustainable and robust workforce at his workforce development summit Wednesday on St. Croix. (Photo submitted by Government House)

Bryan Lays Out Economic Plan Long on Goals, Short on How

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. laid out a plan to stabilize the territory’s economy and create a sustainable and thriving workforce during two daylong workforce development summits in both districts this week, according to Government House.

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