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VIPD Overtime Costs Have Not Disappeared

After V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor testified during Thursday’s budget hearing, it was clear the struggle with employee overtime costs plaquing the department has persisted despite the prior fiscal year’s radical 42 percent drop in overtime.

DLCA Contends With Staff Shortages and Board Vacancies

A budget hearing on Wednesday revealed over 40 Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs vacancies stretched throughout department staff, distinct Trade Boards, and 12 other boards and commissions.

WAPA Board Extends Two Contracts

The V.I. Water and Power Authority Governing Board approved six-month extensions on two separate contracts during Tuesday morning’s meeting, despite strong opposition from two members.

Correction: Panel Holds Measure to End Estimated Power Consumption Bills

The amount the V.I. Water and Power Authority can charge for electric bills based on estimated consumption may soon be limited under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection,

Senate Panel OKs Bill Authorizing Digitizing USVI’s Legal Documents

A law to establish a system allowing citizens to electronically access legal documents was approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection.

Editorial: The Source Grips Journalistic Principles in Defense of Democracy and Order

That the “announcement” of the “retirement” of Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor at the end of his contract on June 30 did not come from Government House speaks to the complete lack of leadership at the top.

Senators Express Concerns with ‘Combine In A Bubble’ Sport Initiative

Witnesses testifying at a hearing Friday touted the success of the “Student-Athlete Combine in a Bubble” program before the a Senate panel, but the lawmakers expressed concern about several aspects of the project.

Human Services Says Skilled Nursing Facilities Will Replace Existing Homes for the Aged  

By the end of 2024, the V.I. Department of Human Services hopes to have completed the reconstruction of Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged and built an entire new facility replacing the Queen Louise Home for the Aged.

Correctional Facility Struggles with Mold, Roof Repairs, and FEMA

The staff and inmates within the John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility must contend with mold until the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections can repair the facility’s roof.

Finance Committee Begins Budget Season Reviewing “Ambitious” Executive Budget

Budget Director Jenifer O’Neal said the new biennial budget is vastly different from fiscal year 2021 and proposes an increase of roughly $100 million for each year creating a total proposed budget of nearly $1 billion.

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