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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)

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.

WAPA’s Finances, Part 3: Is There Light at the End of...

WAPA is losing money and swimming in debt, with very high electricity costs. Decades of hospitals and government agencies using it an involuntary lender by not paying power bills have starved it, forcing chronic delays in maintenance and upgrades. But not all is doom and gloom.
Lining up to testify, from left Jeff Boyd, Chaliese Summers, CZM Director Marlon Hibbert, Robert O'Connor Jr. and community activist Wayne Chinnery. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Senate Tells Summers End Developers to Revise their Proposal

After more than eight hours of often tense testimony, the Senate Committee of the Whole told the developers of the proposed St. John Marina & the Yacht Club at Summer’s End to revise their permit application to reflect changes since the original permit was approved in 2014.
St. Thomas' first power plant under construction, long before the creation of the Water and Power Authority in 1964. (Undated early 20th century photo provided by the St. Thomas Historical Trust)

WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

WAPA is swimming in debt. Where did it come from? What can be done about it? Some in the PSC, Senate and the public feel this debt is the result of mismanagement. Is it? And how much does it matter, if we have to pay up anyway?

WAPA Finances: Raise Base Rate and See Lower Total Rates Soon,...

It will surprise no one to hear that finances at the V.I. Water and Power Authority are not good. But can it become sustainable? Is the news all bad or is there sunlight?

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Shut Teen Marriage Loophole

Members of the Senate's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation moved Tuesday to close a loophole in the territory's laws that allows minors to get married as young as 14 years of age.
Sen. Myron Jackson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging, listens to testimony during Friday’s hearing on St. Croix. (Photo by Bernard Matthew)

Growth of Senior Population Outpacing Programs to Care for Them

The portion of the USVI population designated as seniors – 65 years of age and older – is growing faster than programs needed to provide health care services for them.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Rules Committee OKs 8 Nominees, Passes on 2 Others

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee rejected the nomination of Vincent Joseph to serve on the Government Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees and Edward Foerstal to serve on the Coastal Zone Management Commission.
OMB Director Nominee Jenifer O’Neal testifies before the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee during Wednesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Gun Violence Bill Moves Forward Despite Budget Concerns, Redundancies

Lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veteran Affairs push forward a gun violence bill on Wednesday after various testifiers cautioned senators of budget apprehensions and redundancies.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory at Wednesday's hearing: 'To see two women opening businesses is very encouraging.' (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Panel OKs Reestablishing Information System; No Funds Included

Senators sent forward legislation to "establish" the "Virgin Islands Virtual Information System ... within the Department of Education" on Tuesday, reestablishing the centralized school and to revive the VIVIS system established during the tenure of Gov. John deJongh Jr.

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