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Why this year’s legislative session was a victory for young Virginians

In January, we faced deep cuts to the state’s higher education system, solutions to campus sexual assault that would have done more harm than good, and bills that would hurt campus safety. Because of students’ united action, this General Assembly session is ending on a much better note for young Virginians than when it started. […]

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The Nutshell: What are Virginia taxpayers willing to pay for?

The Nutshell is a daily email that sums up everything you need to know about Virginia for the day. Sound interesting? Check it out. 1. What are you willing to pay for? When Governor McAuliffe announced that Virginia faced a $2.4 billion shortfall last year, there was a lot of discussion about choices. In his budget revision, […]

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Meet Our Members: Desiree Jenkins

Virginia21 is only as effective as the students that get involved. We’re lucky to have talented and engaged students be a part of our mission. This is the first part of a series that highlights these members. Desiree Jenkins Senior, Norfolk State University Social Work Major. Why did you first get involved with VA21? I […]

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Comparing the House, Senate, and Governor’s higher education budgets

Virginia operates on a two-year budget, where funds are first allocated on even years, and then relatively small changes are made on odd years to account for shifts in state revenue. After Governor McAuliffe proposed his budget amendments in December, both the House and the Senate proposed their own changes on February 8. The following table […]

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Mandatory reporting will make it harder to convict perpetrators of sexual assault

While campus sexual assault has received national spotlight over the past couple of years, it still remains a complex topic that involves university, state, and federal regulation. Sexual assault will likely be one of the biggest issues discussed in this year’s legislative session and will have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of students. […]

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The Nutshell: The Virginia GOP thinks Mark Warner broke ethics laws

The Nutshell is a daily email that sums up everything you need to know about Virginia for the day. Sound interesting? Check it out.   1. The Va GOP wants to know if Mark Warner broke any ethics laws. Last summer, Governor McAuliffe and the Democratically-controlled Senate were in a deadlock with the Republican House of Delegates […]

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2015 General Assembly Session: VA21 Bill Tracker

Last updated: Feb. 17, 2015 Over the next 45 days, Virginia21 will be tracking a number of key bills that will have an impact on the day-to-day lives of young Virginians. We will work with state legislators to make college affordable, safe, and accessible. College Affordability HB 1380 – Del. Farrell – Higher education institutions; […]

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The Nutshell: McAuliffe will play a much broader role during session this year

The Nutshell is a daily email that sums up everything you need to know about Virginia for the day. Sound interesting? Check it out. 1. Governor McAuliffe addressed the General Assembly last night. Every year, the Governor gives a “State of the Commonwealth” speech to a joint  session in Virginia’s Capitol. In his address last night, McAuliffe outlined […]

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How cuts to higher education impact the economy

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What is #SaveOurSlice?

  #SaveOurSlice |Create infographics Take action. Sign the petition to Governor McAuliffe at virginia21.org/petition.

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