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How Should the Government Respond to Obesity?,

Tanya Wanchek

Exploring different government policies on obesity, a well-recognized public health problem in the Commonwealth and in states across the country, encourages one to think through the advantages and disadvantages of public policy.  Furthermore, it…

How Are Land Use Decisions Made?,

Charlie Grymes

Participating in land-use decisions made by one's local government, after learning the rules of the process, challenges the stereotype that residents affected by land-use changes are victims of uncontrollable circumstances. Working with a county's…

Where Does My Money Go?,

Auditor of Public Accounts

This website is a user-friendly database of information about the state budget, as well as demographic information about different localities. On the main page, a pie chart provides a breakdown of the top ten appropriations in 2007. Users can search for information about how much local governments received in appropriations, how many driver’s licenses were issued in each locality, and comparisons between budgets for different localities. Each data set is available in excel format, in case users want to create their own graphs or another analysis of it. This website is extremely easy to navigate, and offers a wealth of information about Virginia’s budget.

VRA to Invest More Than $200 Million in Local Projects Statewide ,

Rod Davis and Liz Bryant

The Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) is a state organization that helps fund local government projects, such as infrastructure, public health and safety projects, and public schools. This document describes the VRA and some projects it has funded.…

Governor Kaine Announces Energy Saving Donation in Virginia State Parks,

Gordon Hickey, Gary Waugh, and Jeb Hockman

One of Governor Kaine's initiatives is to create a clean energy plan in Virginia. This document provides an example of how that policy is carried out on a local level. Certain electric companies agreed to work with the state to donate more energy…

Governor Kaine Announces 50 New Jobs for Halifax County,

Gordon Hickey, David McFarland, and Suzanne West

Sometimes, states "bid" for different companies to locate their manufacturing plants or jobs in that state. In this case, Virginia pledged $260,000 to help a bath fixture company create a manufacturing plant in Halifax county. In return, LABSCO…

Virginia Energy Plan,

Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

Part of the process of government is figuring out how to turn policy into a practical plan. For example, Governor Kaine and other state officials hope to implement a clean, affordable energy policy in Virginia. What steps can they take to do this?…