Virginia looks to reboot its economic development efforts after critical review
Michael Carroll | September 13, 2017
Virginia’s top economic development agency is reorganizing itself in the wake of a blistering 2016 audit report that found the agency was not effectively managed and put the state at risk of fraud and wasteful spending. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which awarded close to $400 million to companies over the past 10 years, […]
Kampis: Coalition approves contract transfer of troubled OptiNet
Johnny Kampis | September 01, 2017
The last hurdle to the sale of a money-hemorrhaging government broadband project in Virginia to a private provider was finally cleared recently, paving the way for rural broadband expansion in the southwest part of the state. The Virginia Coalfield Coalition voted earlier this month to approve a contract transfer of Bristol-Virginia Utilities’ broadband division to […]
Virginia’s top headlines: April 20
Watchdog News | April 20, 2017
The Virginian-Pilot: 2 Virginia Beach council members propose budget with no tax increases Residents looking for relief from flooding without paying more in taxes have at least two champions on the City Council. Council members John Moss and Jessica Abbott have come up with an alternative to City Manager Dave Hansen’s proposed budget, which calls […]
Virginia’s top headlines – April 19
Watchdog News | April 19, 2017
WTOP.com; Governor wants Redskins to build stadium in N. Virginia; should state money be involved? The Washington Redskins practice in Virginia; their corporate home is in Virginia, and most of the players and coaches live in Virginia. But they play their home games in Maryland. Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to change that. He’s spent hours, and […]
Commentary: Certificate of need laws don’t help with charity care
Commentary: Certificate of need laws don’t help with charity care
John Bicknell | April 13, 2017
Virginia has some of the strictest CON laws in the country.
In race for Virginia governor, former congressman stokes anti-Trump angst
In race for Virginia governor, former congressman stokes anti-Trump angst
Norman Leahy | March 28, 2017
Tom Perriello hopes to turn Virginia Democrats' distaste for President Donald Trump against his own party's establishment choice for governor.
Watered-down Virginia bill no longer limits government broadband growth
Watered-down Virginia bill no longer limits government broadband growth
Johnny Kampis | February 14, 2017
“Taxpayers need oversight of these projects and we need answers,” he told Watchdog.org. “When you have watered-down bills like this you don’t get the oversight to make sure taxpayers dollars aren’t wasted.”
Kaine gets it wrong on school choice and Virginia’s past
John Bicknell | February 13, 2017
Christian Schneider, a member of USA Today‘s Board of Contributors and a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, took Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to task for trying to tie school choice programs to his state’s sorry history of massive resistance to school desegregation. “When African-American leaders like Howard Fuller and Wisconsin state Rep. Annette “Polly” Williams […]
Virginia bill would require cities to show need before building broadband networks
Virginia bill would require cities to show need before building broadband networks
Johnny Kampis | January 26, 2017
A bill under consideration in the Virginia Legislature would require municipalities to show strong need before building taxpayer-supported broadband networks.
New York Law School: Government broadband a taxpayer sinkhole
New York Law School: Government broadband a taxpayer sinkhole
Johnny Kampis | December 20, 2016
Despite the “very poor (and expensive) track record of GONs, a seemingly ever-changing narrative about the perceived viability of municipal broadband has succeeded in gaining some legitimacy — a fact evidenced by the FCC’s efforts and related federal initiatives,” the report stated.