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Budget Director Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Bryan’s Finance Team Presents Budget with Half a Billion in Cuts

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s administration is planning about 30 percent cuts in expenditures for Fiscal Year 2020, the governor’s finance team told lawmakers Tuesday, presenting a reduction of more than half a billion dollars compared with the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Governor and Interior Department Looking at Proposal to Upgrade Salt River

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discussed upgrading the Visitor’s Center at Salt River National Park during a meeting at Government House Wednesday with Assistant Secretary...
Lawrence Kupfer, executive director WAPA, addresses the issue of payments to Vitol during Wednesday's Senate discussion. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Vitol Demands a Payment or Islands Could Go Dark

When Hugo Hodge, then executive director of WAPA, was pushing for a deal with Vitol to convert the territory's generators to burn propane, he repeatedly said Vitol was building the infrastructure at no upfront cost for WAPA. But payments are now coming due and it is not good for Virgin Islanders.

Bryan Appoints Rupert O. Ross as Bureau of Information Technology Director

Ross, who currently serves as the chief information technology officer at the judicial branch of the Virgin Islands, is an experienced leader with broad information technology knowledge focused on government operations.
Discussing disaster recovery at the PFA board meeting are Kirk Callwood, Jenifer O’Neal, Keith O’Neale, Gov. Albert Bryan, Nathan Simmonds, Dorothy Isaac and Adrienne Williams-Ocatalien.

PFA Deals with Hurricane Recovery

The board members of the V.I. Public Finance Authority dealt with hurricane recovery Friday – arranging for matching dollars for FEMA projects and discussing how to move the road-renovation project forward last week at the St. Croix PFA office.

Administration’s Cabinet Meeting Focuses on FY 2020 Budget, Government Stability

Members of Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s Cabinet came together Wednesday at Government House on St. Croix to discuss the administration’s FY 2020 budget and policy priorities.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Governor Bryan Approves Veteran Qualifier on Taxi Speculators

Gov. Albert Bryan signed 10 new pieces of legislation Wednesday, limiting the resale of taxi medallions to veterans, devoting a little more federal excise tax money to the V.I. government pension system, mandating semi-autonomous agency budget data go online, and for other purposes.
Leonard Dober Elementary School (File photo)

STT School Will Join Two STX Schools on Chopping Block

After learning earlier this month about two school closings and other changes on St. Croix, St. Thomians learned about changes in their public schools recently – although the news has not been conveyed publicly by the V.I. Education Department.

Island Administrators Have Over 200 Abandoned Vehicles Removed

All three administrators expressed their gratitude to the V.I. Department of Public Works and the V.I. Waste Management Authority for their assistance.
Albert Bryan

Bryan Touts Tourism Resurgence and Airbnb Growth

The tourism industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands is robust, Gov. Bryan told attendees at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Miami Beach on Tuesday, adding that now is the time for investors to take advantage.

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