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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.

Governor’s Financial Team Presents First Biennial Budget to Legislators

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s financial team met with the Finance Committee on Thursday for the first budget hearing regarding the government's Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Executive Budget, unveiling a biennial budget format that’s been used by many stateside jurisdictions but never before in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Senators Concerned By Unspent Federal Public School Funds

How V.I. schools are still dilapidated when the federal government has granted the Education Department more than half a billion dollars perplexed senators at an Education and Workforce Development Committee hearing Wednesday.

Educational Initiatives Garner Favor With Senate Committee

A push has been made towards educational initiatives with programs that teach environmental conservation and Caribbean culture by two separate non-profits that testified before the V.I. Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development Wednesday.

Senate Committee Advances Bills to Aid Homebuyers, Entrepreneurs

The Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary on Thursday approved two bills, one allowing UVI's Research and Technology Park to dispense loans to eligible businesses and the other aimed to aid first-time homebuyers.

Proposed STT Sports Facilities Gaining Momentum as F’sted Stadium Languishes

While the proposed sports facility project in Frederiksted, the Paul E. Joseph Stadium, has languished for a decade, the proposal for a sports facility on St. Thomas appears to be gaining steam.

Legislature Hosts African Liberation Day Ceremony

The V.I. Legislature hosted the annual African Liberation Day Ceremony, "Forward Ever to World-Wide Pan-African Unity," in honor of the territory’s citizens who descended from African ancestors.

Senators Question Accessibility of Sports Camps, Effectiveness of Youth-Based Police Programs

Parents who want to have a child attend one of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation summer camps this year should not hesitate.

VITEMA: Latest Hurricane Forecast is a Cause for Concern

The latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the impending Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, has VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen nervous.

Four Nominations Advance to Full Senate

The V.I. Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary advanced four nominations of candidates for various governmental boards during Thursday’s hearing.

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