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VIPD Overtime Costs Have Not Disappeared

After V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor testified during Thursday’s budget hearing, it was clear the struggle with employee overtime costs plaquing the department has persisted despite the prior fiscal year’s radical 42 percent drop in overtime.

DLCA Contends With Staff Shortages and Board Vacancies

A budget hearing on Wednesday revealed over 40 Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs vacancies stretched throughout department staff, distinct Trade Boards, and 12 other boards and commissions.

Correction: Panel Holds Measure to End Estimated Power Consumption Bills

The amount the V.I. Water and Power Authority can charge for electric bills based on estimated consumption may soon be limited under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection,

Senate Panel OKs Bill Authorizing Digitizing USVI’s Legal Documents

A law to establish a system allowing citizens to electronically access legal documents was approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection.

Senators Express Concerns with ‘Combine In A Bubble’ Sport Initiative

Witnesses testifying at a hearing Friday touted the success of the “Student-Athlete Combine in a Bubble” program before the a Senate panel, but the lawmakers expressed concern about several aspects of the project.

Human Services Says Skilled Nursing Facilities Will Replace Existing Homes for the Aged  

By the end of 2024, the V.I. Department of Human Services hopes to have completed the reconstruction of Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged and built an entire new facility replacing the Queen Louise Home for the Aged.

Correctional Facility Struggles with Mold, Roof Repairs, and FEMA

The staff and inmates within the John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility must contend with mold until the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections can repair the facility’s roof.

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.





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