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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.

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.

Town Hall Explores the Agricultural Impacts of Limetree Bay Refinery

During Thursday’s virtual town hall farmers came to share their experience of growing food alongside a refinery that, without warning, can spew oil onto their crops, leach oil into their soil, and contaminate residents' water supplies.

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.

LGBTQ+ Community Marks Pride Month by Hosting Run

The beginning of June marked the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the nation, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, and though local government has not planned ony public observances, that hasn’t stopped resident activists from celebrating.

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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