The latest monthly revenue report from Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne shows that state revenues are coming in more slowly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the revenue situation becomes clearer, the governor is expected to call a special session later this summer or fall for state lawmakers to take further action on Virginia's next two-year budget, which begins on July 1. At that point, the governor likely will have shared a revised revenue forecast.
Memorial Day is the one day each year we set aside to honor our heroes who died in defense of our country and our commonwealth. Such a day inevitably also calls for recognition of our veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists and family members. All of them have answered the call of their country to defend the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
To conserve an environment is to conserve a community; to conserve a community is to conserve an environment. So, let’s collaborate with our communities! Our nation is in the midst of a development trend where customers, travelers, and residents alike deliberatively seek authentic, distinctive experiences, both cultural and natural.
Nearly 17 million Americans are now unemployed because of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. No state is immune from the devastation created by this virus, including Virginia. Just like it is taking all of us to unite to defeat the virus, we will all have to come together to rebuild the Commonwealth’s economy.
When Dr. Francis Evans had a chance to retire from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in March after working for 44 years as an emergency physician, he chose not to. Why? The coronavirus was quickly spreading; our nation was in need. In a story shared across the Navy, Evans told his children “there is no honor in leaving the battle.” Evans answered the call just like so many others in our Navy family in Hampton Roads have the past few months.
Serving as community stewards, small businesses represent the local heartbeat. With a finger on the neighborhood pulse and an ear to the ground, their impact is profound. Local businesses create job opportunities and growth, infusing dollars into the local economy that help sustain vital services. In times of need and tragedy, they often are the first to step up.
This Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the individual rights and freedoms we hold so dear as citizens of the greatest nation on Earth. We honor the men and women in the armed services for their contributions to preserving our nation’s freedoms. At this time in our history, we are fighting a new enemy, a pandemic that threatens the very lives of our citizens and our economy.
Tysons’s evolving urbanism and role as Fairfax County’s economic engine are directly tied to the opening in 2014 of Metro’s Silver Line — five station stops between the region’s international airport gateway and the nation’s capital. A laboratory for transit-oriented urban development, Tysons has solidified its position as a major regional employment center while transforming into the 24/7 “live, work, play” environment envisioned by Fairfax in its 2010 Comprehensive Plan.
What a missed opportunity.
That’s the undeniable conclusion after watching Gov. Ralph Northam (D), the only governor in the nation who is a doctor, shamble through Virginia’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that should have been right in his sweet spot.