Elected officials across the region are putting on their green eyeshades this week, approving budgets for fiscal year 2016. In Virginia, most of the votes have been unanimous, although members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are sharply divided.
Students around the country are pushing their schools to divest from companies that sell and promote the use of fossil fuels, including a handful at the University of Mary Washington in Frederick who were arrested for their efforts.
With regulation for ride-hailing apps passed in D.C., Virginia and now Maryland, the National Capital region is among the most favorable in the country for the likes of Uber. But why here and not elsewhere?
Starting this summer, Virginia lawmakers will have a $100 per year limit on gifts, but critics say the lack of oversight into campaign spending and the absence of subpoena power for the newly-established Ethics Council is disappointing.
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