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4 Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 THE JOURNAL I .a s Wait, some- things not quite right. The econ- omy has been growing, the unemployment rate is low, and yet Virginia's state budget is in trouble. It ended DAVID S. KERR the last fiscal in the red and this year doesn't look good either. What happened? The bad news started trickling out earlier this summer when Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his administration re- alized that Virginia's spending was outrunning its revenue. Remember, in Virginia, you can't run a deficit. Any overspending, no matter what the cause, needs to be made up by budget cuts. The esti- mated shortfall when Virginia's fiscal year ended in June was $226 million. That immediately set into play a "re- estimation" of projected revenues and expenditures for our current budget year. The result, no surprise, is a reduced budget. There were a lot of promises in this year's budget that were based on earlier, higher and apparently flawed revenue estimates. Now, they are an indefinite hold. One of the hardest hit groups are public school teachers. The state had hoped to fund teacher pay raises of between 2 and 3 percent. Sadly, that's probably not go- ing to happen. So, just what's going on? Revenue actually went up an impressive $18 billion, but spending went up by a larger amount. One of the most im- portant sources of revenue is the withholding for state income tax. Al- most every paycheck includes a with- holding for state income tax. The estimates what this revenue stream is likely to be when it starts developing its budget. However, the returns from the withholding were much lower than expected. There have been several reasons suggested for this shortfall. None of them are that encouraging. One is that the new jobs created in this post "Great Recession" economy aren't paying as much as economists had projected. Also, many people listed as employed aren't necessarily work- ing full time. The bottom line is that they aren't paying as much in state in- come tax. And what's worse the state grossly overestimated this potential revenue source. Payroll withholding has on average only increased by about 1.5 percent a year, while the current budget as- sumes an increase of 3 percent. That was way too optimistic. Another problem is the state sales tax revenue. Some blame this on a rainy spring and early summer which delayed vacations, summer purchases, and home improvements. Also, there is a growing concern, that with so many brick and mortar stores sales are shifting to Internet sellers that don't necessarily have to pay state sales tax. Either way, it's another revenue source that didn't live up to expectations. The gap is not so big that we'll see massive cuts across the board. But education is another matter. The language in the appropriations bill said that the implementation of state sponsored increases in teacher pay were tied to meeting revenue require- ments. In other words, they were first on the chopping block. And already, it looks like teachers, along with oth- er state employees won't be getting their hoped for increase in pay. Most localities, when it comes to education, rely on a mix of state and local funding. In some communities the Com- monwealth supplies well over 50 percent or more of the school fund- ing, while in others it's far less. It's all based on a formula that might leave Albert Einstein scratching his head. But what it means is that some more prosperous counties might be able to make up what the state can't cover while others simply won't be able to. To many, it seems like education is bearing a little too much of the brunt of this somewhat flawed budget. However, things could get better. The legislature, though this is un- likely, could go looking for additional revenues, though don't count on it. Also, employment, incomes and spending could increase enough to give Virginia that extra income tax and sales tax revenue that might help turn this unfortunate situation around. It's possible. However, being too optimistic about these increases is what got us into this conundrum in the first place. Though in this situa- tion, hoping for a miracle is about the only option we have. difficult task. Steve Allen, Colonial Beach 'SAD" THAT WRITER ON 2ND AMENDMENT LACKS CONSTITUTION KNOWLEDGE It is sad that many have no knowl- UPCOMING EVENT ON THE edge of the United States Constitution DAHLGREN TRAIL and the protections it offers. With the completion of the trail In his Journal letter of August 10, races last month, it's time to look for- 2016, Mr. Taylor states, "We cannot ward to the next event: The Big WOW have Hillary Clinton in the White on Oct. 1.This is the second annual House. She would take away the Sec- Big WOW (Walk On Wilson's) held ond Amendment". to increase awareness of this disease Article Five of the Constitution and to raise funds for esearch. sets out the requirements for chang- The Big WOW is a nationwide ing a provision or deleting an ar- event held in several cities simultane- tide or amendment: "The Congress, ously around the country. Held for whenever two thirds of both Houses, the first time last year in 16 host cit- shall deem it necessary, shall pro- ies, the King George event was one pose amendments (changes) to this of the most successful. Nationwide Constitution...when ratified by three 1366 people participated, along with fourths of the legislatures of the sev- 104 dogs (yes, dogs can get Wilson's eral States..:' Disease too). To think that two thirds of the What exactly is Wilson's disease? House and Senate would so vote, and The disease is genetic in nature and then be ratified by 38 states is beyond is an inability of the body to properly belief. Hillary Clinton, as president, process copper, leading to an accu- could not effect this change, mulation of the metal, resulting in It would take Congress and the liver and neurological damage. The states working in concert as set forth disease is always fatal if not treated. in the Article to accomplish a very The disease is not widespread, affect- ing about 30,000 people around the lobe (and probably many more who aren't diagnosed), and treatments are not fully mature. Last year, over $66,000 was raised for research in the Big WOW. This year, the event will be at the Bloomsbury Road trailhead of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail. There is a new E-911 address: 10341 Bloomsbury Road. The time is 1 to 4 p.m. The goal is a fun, family oriented event. The focus is a noncompetitive walk (as implied in the name of the event!). Participants can walk over one of three marked out-and-back courses on the DRHT. All participants will also be able to sign up for free trail permits if they don't already have them. Among other activities will be dog obstacle course, music (we'll welcome DJ Gerry Bradshaw), food and drinks (donations welcome), hiking sticks made by the Veazey Family Wood- workers (donations also welcome), exhibits by several community orga- nizations and information. Several prize baskets of goodies will be raffled offto further support Wilson's disease research. Railroad hobbyists will have an antique raft handcar, and one of our equestrian friends will be there with her trail horse, Aunt Rennee. The event organizers, Nichole and Constantin Langa (Constantin is himself a WD sufferer) will welcome honored guests including other per- sons with Wilson's disease, Hon. Da- vid Brickley, our host and owner of the trail, a Fall Festival Princess, the King George High School cheerlead- ers, Helping Hand Pediatitc Therapy Services with their Sensory Carnival and others. Register for the event at wilson- (select "King George" after "Choose a city"). Registration by Sept. 10 will guarantee you a high-quality, athletic T-shirt, fter that it's first come, first served. (The T-shirts from last year were pretty cool! I'm sure the ones this year will be equally so!). We always have a lot of fun on the DRHT, so come join us! See you on the trail! Jim Lynch 6 6 1 3 4 7 1 9 6 4 4 7 4 4 7 9 7 1 Level: Intermediate 4 news KING GEORGE MAN PLEADS that he takes ad dntage of the oppor- GUILTY TO ASSAULT AND DRUG tunity for treatment provided to him. If POSSESSION he doesn't, there will certainly be con- A 22-year-old King George man en- sequences." tered a plea of guilty last week in King George Circuit Court to charges of as- KG MAN CONVICTED OF sault on a family member and posses- SELLING POT sion of illegal drugs. In other cases in King George Cir- Tyshawn MCDowney was arrested cuit Court last week, David Nesmith, in December of last year after the inci- 22, of King George was convicted of dent at the home of his girlfriend, who two counts of distribution of mari- is the mother of his child, juana. One of the sales was in the King "He pleaded guilty to assault and George Food Lion parking lot, which battery of a family member," said King is within a 1,000 feet of King George George Deputy Commonwealth's At- Middle school. tomeyCharlieClark. That resulted in another felony "He had served over 90 days in jail, charge against Nesmith of distribution so he received a 12-month, all sus- of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. pen&d, sentence. His bond had previ- Judge Hewitt sentenced Nesmith to a ously been revoked on my motion for total of five years incarceration with all threats of violence and continued drug but two months suspended. use. We felt 90 days of jail time was fair "While people may have differing punishment." opinions on the dangerousness of mar- On the charge of drug possession, ijuana, it is still illegal to possess and King George Circuit Court Judge sell it in Virginia," said King George Herbert Hewitt withheld the finding Commonwealth's Attorney Keri Gus- of guilt so that McDowney could be mann. "I would also remind people enrolled in the statutory first offender that it was just over two years ago that program. Ronelle Johnson was killed over mari- "That's one year supervised proba- juana here in King George" tion, good behavior, 100 hours com- munity service, no drugs or alcohol for WESTMORELAND COUNTY one year, drug testing and treatment SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS and get and maintain employment," said Clark." Aug. 14: If he's successful, the charge will be Kayle Nicole Clark, 26, of Colonial dismissed by law. If he's not, he will be Beach was charged with felony drug found guilty and sentenced on a Class possession. 5 Felony." Robin Kevin Clark, 51, of Colonial "Our office and the Sheriff's Office Beach was charged with felony drug take domestic violence seriously, and possession. the defendant spent the entire sum- mer in jail as a result," Clark said. "As Aug. 15: for his drug charge, we sincerely hope Elizabeth Haynes, 41, of Warsawwas charged with public intoxication. Cynthiana Uniece Lee, 23, of Kinsale was charged with failure to appear. Aug. 16: Christopher Hoyd Ashton, 31, of Colonial Beach was charged with felo- ny assault. Cabot Deleiary Sharpe, 31, of Colo- nial Beach was charged with trespass- ing. Andrea Reenay Scott, 25, of Colonial Beach was charged with assault Aug. 17: Ralph Lee Gresham, 38, of Dunns- vilte was charged with a pretrial viola- tion. Aug. 18: Mitchell Lamont Kelly, 36, of Kinsale was charged with of probation. KING GEORGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS Aug. 11: Kevin Nicholas Clark, 26, of Colo- nial Beach was charged with grand lar- ceny, trespassing and driving while his license was suspended. Erica Mae Johnson, 52, of King George was charged with contempt of court. Aug. 12: Justin Armand Taylor, 19, of King George was charged with obstructing justice. Stephen Donald Prather Sr., 44, of Bryantown, Md., was charged with be- ing a fugitive from justice. Joshua Shawn Struniak, 26, of Staf- ford was charged with revocation of The 10250 Kings Highway Post Office Box 409, King George, VA 22485 Phone: (540) 775-2024 Fax: (540) 775-4099 Online: EDITOR AND PUBlIsHER Joel Davis * WEB EDITOR ERICA TERRINI SUBSCRIPTIONS Bonnie Gouvisis * REPORTERS Phyllis Cook * Richard Leggitt * richardleggitt SALES REPRESENTATIVES Narcene Ruczynski * Charlene Franks * Legal~Classified Display * COMMUNITY & CHURCH NEWS Loft Deem * PRODUCTION/MIS Drue Murray drue@joumalpress.corn Subscription rate is $24 per year (52 issues), or 50 on newsstands. Outside the counties of King George and Westmoreland, the rate is $38 per year. THE JOURNAL (ISSN #87502275) is published weekly by The Journal Press, Inc. Postmaster, send 3579 to: The Journal, Post Office Box 409, King George, Virginia 22485 suspended sentence or probation. Aug. 13: Octavia Capree Gaines, 24, of King George was charged with three counts assault and battery; three counts of de- struction of property, reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon. Aug. 14: Jordan Christopher Rudat, 29, of King George was charged with eight counts of sexual battery and also aggra- vated sexual battery. Aug. 15: Stephen David Fidler, 61 of King George was charged with contempt of court. David Wayne Williams, 52, of La Plata, Md., was charged with grand larceny, two counts of indecent expo- sure and two counts of destruction of property. Aug. 16: Latisha Monique Nelson, 32, of King George was charged with contempt of court. William Joseph Green, Jr., 51, of Culpeper was charged with contempt ofcourL Stefan Tyrone Wormley, 31, of Fred- ericksburg was charged with being a fugitive from justice. Brittany Michelle King, 18, of Hager- stown, Md., was charged with posses- sion of marijuana. Aquawlin Tamesha Swain, 35, of King George was charged with de- struction of property, 'disorderly con- duct and obstructing justice. Aug. 17: Kenneth Nathan Skinner, 35, of King George was charged with public swearing or intoxication. Michael Anthony Elswick, 18, of Virginia Beach was charged with revo- cation of probation. Zachary Frank Sanchez, 28, of King George was charged with possession of marijuana. Jessy Marisol Carranza-Vindel, 38, of King George was charged with as- sault and battery. Aug. 18: Michael Joseph Orlando, Jr., 28, of King George was charged with three counts of assault and battery and being a fugitive from justice. Richard Leggitt CLUES ACROSS 1. Dignified 7. Where to get a pint 10. Broken down 12. Peruvian city 13: Expressed grief 14. Isaac's mother (Bib.) 15. Sizing up 16. Form of Hindustani 17. -de-sac 18. Greek sophist 19. Greek portico 21. Christian Television Net- work 22. Attractiveness 27. The man 28. Home of the Cowboys 32. Home to Hollywood 33. 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