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Op-ed: Focus Our Efforts on Restoring “Hope”, not a “High” Among...

I do not support the Governor’s attempt to amend our law to allow, what in my opinion, becomes the non-medicinal use of marijuana. My...

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.
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.
Chart shows the change in Real GDP for the U.S> Virgin Islands.

USVI’s GDP Grew Slightly in 2018 After 2017 Decline

Real Gross Domestic Product for the U.S. Virgin Islands grew 1.5 percent in 2018 after decreasing 0.6 percent in 2017, according to numbers released Tuesday by the V.I. Bureau of Economic Research.
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.

WAPA: Utility Bills Will Jump Without PSC Action on Base Rate

Without the 2.5 cent base rate hike the Public Services Commission denied on Thursday, the V.I. Water and Power Authority will default on its debt to Vitol, cutting off propane and forcing it to revert to oil, which will up the cost of fuel by 20 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Carlton Dowe gestures to staff members while Sen. Steven Payne looks on at Monday's meeting. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Parking Fees on VIPA Lot Sparks Contentious Exchange

Carlton Dowe, executive director of Virgin Islands Port Authority, delivered good news and bad news to St. John residents at a town hall meeting held at the Legislative Annex Monday night.

VIHFA Buys Villa Morales, a St. Croix Landmark, For Homeless Housing

The facility will provide up to 20 emergency shelter beds, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
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)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.
At Monday's GERS meeting, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (center), Bryan's chief of staff Karl Knight, and David Bornn, chief legal counsel to the Office of the Governor. (Government House photo)

Governor, Pension Board and Senators Brainstorm for GERS Solutions

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his senior staff met Monday with the Government Employees Retirement System's Board of Trustees, GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs and Virgin Islands legislators to discuss solutions to the unfunded liability of the pension system.

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