The Virginia Newsletter
Following Virginia Politics for over 50 years
The passage of the health care reform law, which is to be fully implemented in 2014, will provide health insurance to a large percentage of Virginia’s currently uninsured population. This report estimates the populations eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid under the current laws and after health reform.
The American public is ready for a passenger rail renaissance. Virginia, among the states proving that point with enthusiastic ridership, has the potential to create an outstanding intercity rail network reaching most of its citizens. That is the hopeful conclusion of a longtime rail analyst-advocate and former government official, Meredith Richards.
Richard Salmon, an authority on public school finance and a longtime professor at Virginia Tech, provides a detailed account of the history and current status of financing Virginia's public school system. The system, a vast and complex arrangement, is the most significant cost to local governments and one of the largest costs to state government. Meeting K-12 education needs has become even m
In this edition of the Virginia News Letter, John Knapp analyzes the impact of the housing boom on real property tax assessments and tax bills in Virginia. He points out that while Virginia local governments have taken advantage of the housing boom to increase tax collections, they theoretically did not have to set rates that would yield large gains in revenue.