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Olympic Committee Continues Push for Sports Complex

The global COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the realization of a Virgin Islands Olympic Committee headquarters, which would serve a dual purpose as a sports complex and FEMA approved shelter.

Finance Committee OKs New Special Tax Break Zone for STX

Lawmakers say they want to diversify the Virgin Islands economy by pushing forward a bill that will designate 3,000 acres on the south shore of St. Croix as an enterprise zone.

STT Medical Facilities Continue to Struggle with Medicaid Compensation

St. Thomas medical establishments are still battling for Medicaid reimbursements, despite government officials saying in December that the “Medicaid cliff” had been averted.
Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. gavels to order Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert, V.I. Legislature)

Senate Sends 26 Measures to Governor for Final Approval

During a robust day full of agenda items, the Committee of the Whole voted to pass two board nominations, two lease agreements, six rezoning requests, four coastal zone management requests and 12 additional bills.

PSC Says WAPA Rate Decrease Not Likely

Public Services Commission Executive Director Donald Cole informed Senate Finance Committee members that even after WAPA’s conversion to propane is complete on St. Thomas, ratepayers are not likely to see the large immediate rate savings they were promised.

Labor Department Faces Reduced Budget Amid Pandemic

Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy said his department’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has its hands full processing an unprecedented number of claims and adapting to new procedures during a pandemic. Now, if the recommended fiscal year 2021 budget is passed, Labor may have to navigate these realities with dwindling funds.

VIHFA Disputes Findings of Mismanagement in Federal Audit

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority officials on Wednesday disputed some findings of mismanagement in a capacity audit of $233 million in FEMA grants awarded to the authority last December.
Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. testifies during Tuesday’s Committee on Finance hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Public Works to Use STX Inmates for Roadside Maintenance

The Department of Public Works will collaborate with the Bureau of Corrections to have inmates supplement existing roadside maintenance crews on St. Croix.
V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

VIPD Slashes Overtime Hours, Velinor Tells Senators

The Virgin Islands Police Department presented a $62 million budget for the next fiscal year, a $6 million reduction from the last fiscal year’s budget.

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Were Community Spread

The Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 cases this week that have been transmitted by community spread, bringing the total to four active cases in the territory.

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