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Friday, May 24, 2019
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Local government

Senate Increases Minimum Wage

The V.I. Legislature approved increasing the local minimum wage to $10.50 per hour by the end of 2018.

Senate Increases Cigarette Taxes

Senators voted to approve an increase in taxes on cigarettes, to allow smoking in "cigar factories" that make and sell cigars, along with a slew of other legislation during session Thursday.

Senate Overrides Mapp Vetoes of Probate Reform, Fiber Optics Licensing Board

The V.I. Legislature voted Thursday to override Gov. Kenneth Mapp's vetoes of bills reforming probate law for inherited retirement investments and creating a fiber optic licensing board.

UVI Research and Technology Park Resets 2016 Budget

The UVI Research and Technology Park board voted to revise the 2016 budget after a $1 million allocation by the V.I. government was denied, asserting they can raise the funds from commercial revenues.

Mapp: Relationship between Federal and Local Partners Has ‘Improved Tremendously’

Partnerships between the Virgin Islands Government and federal agencies have strengthened significantly over the last year, Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp reported this week during a visit to Washington D.C.

Mapp Directs Government to Use Government Funds to Pay Potter’s Rent

Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued an executive order claiming the authority to spend tax money on housing for his lieutenant governor without legislative approval.

St. Croix Elections Board Moves Forward with Elections Plans

The St. Croix Elections Board met Thursday and Friday without success to discuss procedures and deadlines for the 2016 elections with representatives from the territory’s three registered political parties.

St. Thomas-St. John Elections Board Split on Vote of No Confidence in Supervisor

A motion to express no confidence in Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes failed at Friday’s St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections meeting after the vote was split three to three.

Senate May Worsen GERS Unfunded Liability Again

Pension contribution increases for judges, justices and magistrates enacted in 2011 and 2015 will be rolled back, worsening GERS's unfunded liability, if a bill approved Thursday is enacted into law.

Senate Rejects Voter’s Request for Industrial Hemp

Rejecting the wishes of voters in a 2012 referendum, the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee voted to kill legislation allowing the manufacture and processing of industrial hemp in the territory.





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