The V.I. Government will have a new unfunded mandate to create a task force on crime and public health, involving the heads of many government agencies, if a bill approved Wednesday becomes law.
At the invitation of oil and gas giant Sinopec, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced he will soon be heading to China on a “trade mission” that would explore additional investment in the territory.
This week Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed legislation to permanently increase government salaries to negotiated contract levels, using one-time windfall funding from the Hovensa sale.
The Tourism Department announced two new directors: Canika John as director of marketing and Frances Williams-Augustin as director of visitor experience for St. Croix.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed into law this week eight measures recently passed by the Legislature, including expanded local hiring requirements and several election reform proposals.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed Delegate Stacey Plaskett's bill creating a V.I. centennial commission, paving the way for Congress to assist in raising the profile of Transfer Day 2017.
A temporary, voluntary compensation committee will be created to consider pay raises for some government officials and judges if a bill approved Wednesday by the Rules Committee becomes law.
Human Services is "directed" to develop a "comprehensive care program for females in the Youth Rehabilitation Center and the Juvenile Justice System" in a bill approved by the Rules Committee.
The Congressional Black Caucus joined Delegate Stacey Plaskett in encouraging President Barack Obama to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands before the end of his term this year, according to Plaskett's office.
Some government officials, cabinet members and judges will be up for pay raises every four years, with pay set by a compensation committee, if a bill approved in committee becomes law.