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Committee OKs Measure to Create Program Aiding First-Time Homebuyers

The V.I. Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a bill that, if approved by the full Senate and signed by the governor, would help working class residents of the territory become first-time homebuyers.

RTPark May Begin Offering Loans to Entice New Enterprise

The Senate Finance Committee advanced legislation on Thursday that, if signed into law, would allow the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park to award and disburse loans to eligible businesses.

Staffing Shortages Plague Tourism Sector

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, over a year later, the tourism industry has emerged from a total shutdown only to be faced with the challenge of inadequate staffing.

Senators Praise Dowe While Raising Concerns About Port Authority

Senators were unanimous Monday in voicing praise for Carlton Dowe, the executive director of the Virgin Islands Port Authority, while at the same time raising concern about a variety of issues.

Legislature Appropriates $5 Million for STX Improvements

Meeting in full session on Tuesday, the 34th Legislature approved four bills appropriating $5 million for various long-anticipated improvement projects on St. Croix.
Attorney General Denise George. (2019 Government House photo)

Paternity and Child Support Division Closer to Fixing Backlog of Cases

The combination of the pandemic, staffing shortages and an outdated database has resulted in a series of backlogged cases within the Division of Paternity and Child Support.

JFL North Stalled, May Not Open Until April 2022

Opening of the temporary St. Croix hospital unit, known as Juan F. Luis North, has been delayed and it now may not open before April 2022, hospital officials told a panel of V.I. senators Friday.
Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix. (File photo)

Lack of Funding, Antiquated Facilities and Deficient Equipment Burden Waste Management, Director Says

The V.I. Waste Management Authority has encountered numerous challenges in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which generated nearly three times as much waste as the territory typically generates in a year, Executive Director Roger Merritt Jr. said on Thursday. 

WAPA Anticipates Up to 80 Percent of Generation Can Be Offset by Renewable Energy

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with the law.

Senate Committee Recommends Medical Policy Changes; Tables PSC Bill

Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. said on Thursday that the Committee on Rules and Judiciary served as a “clearing house for legislation” and an opportunity to “self-correct.”

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