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Jo Knows: Weekly News 4.15.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 April 15th, 2016|Jo Knows|

TRANSPORTATION Virginia considering car alternatives for I-66 travel The big discussions about the future of Interstate 66 travel tend to focus on tolling and widening. But the success of the Virginia government’s plan to ease congestion hinges on convincing many more commuters to leave their cars behind. Even those who are going to pay tolls [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 4.1.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 April 4th, 2016|Jo Knows|

TRANSPORTATION Virginia officials want to extend 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne on Thursday said the state hopes to extend the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-95 about 10 miles south to Fredericksburg. The proposal was one of several rail and road programs in the I-95 corridor that the state has [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 3.25.16

By | 2016-06-17T10:04:51-04:00 March 25th, 2016|Jo Knows|

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY Prince William School Board funds 10 new instructional positions, step increases Prince William County Schools approved the FY17 budget Wednesday, which increases staffing and offers step-increases for employees. According to PWCS, the School Board plans to increase spending by 4.6 percent over the current year. It would provide pay increases and fund investments [...]

Final General Assembly Update 3.15.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 March 15th, 2016|Jo Knows, Recent News|

The 2016 General Assembly Session has come to a close. In addition to the bills outlined below, we monitored over 200 bills, actively supported 54 (44 of which passed), and actively opposed 21 (all of which were amended or defeated). Finally, the Housing Trust Fund received an increase of $1.5 million per year – bringing [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 3.11.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 March 11th, 2016|Jo Knows|

TRANSPORTATION  I-66 toll plan rolls forward In the summer, drivers on Interstate 66 will see crews preparing for the toll-gantry system along the lanes inside the Capital Beltway. It won’t take long, compared with other major transportation projects. The tolling signs will be activated about a year later, in mid-2017. The image above gives drivers an idea [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.26.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 February 26th, 2016|Jo Knows|

TRANSPORTATION 66 Alliance vows to continue to fight for area commuters A bipartisan agreement announced last week to impose tolls on I-66 inside the I-495 Beltway was hailed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. However, it isn't a game-changer in the view of some commuters fighting HOV lane and clean fuel vehicle rules. The agreement “puts [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.19.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 February 22nd, 2016|Jo Knows|

REGIONAL Where will Manassas students go after redistricting? On Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24, Mayfield Intermediate School will host a School Board Meeting and redistricting presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. The Monday meeting will focus on students from pre-k to fourth grade while the Wednesday meeting will focus on students in fifth [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.12.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 February 12th, 2016|Jo Knows|

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY Pr. William schools superintendent proposes $1.08 billion budget Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts last week proposed a $1.08 billion budget for the next fiscal year that includes money for class-size reduction and a salary step increase for employees. The spending plan, which represents a 3.9 percent increase over the current budget, [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.5.16

By | 2017-03-29T17:30:32-04:00 February 5th, 2016|Jo Knows|

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY  Dominion coal ash plan to be challenged in court Environmental groups are heading to court to try to block Dominion Virginia Power’s state-approved plan to dump millions of gallons of treated water from coal ash ponds into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. The Southern Environmental Law Center has notified the state [...]

Jo Knows: Weekly News 1.29.16

By | 2016-06-17T10:05:46-04:00 January 29th, 2016|Jo Knows|

Transportation  Northern Virginia neighborhoods confront potholes and worn pavement Streets in some of Northern Virginia’s aging neighborhoods are becoming marred with potholes, corroding asphalt and other problems that can make driving a headache, local officials say. In Fairfax County, the state’s largest jurisdiction, state transportation officials estimate that nearly 80 percent of local streets are in [...]

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