Category: V.I. Legislature

V.I. Teetering On Brink of An $81 Million Bankruptcy … Despite Proposed Federal Bailout After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

BLEAK HOUSE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is presiding over a 100,000-person territory with no money. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The economic future of the Virgin Islands is in dire jeopardy. The debt crisis, also affecting neighboring Puerto Rico, is hitting home in the territory, too. By 2017, St. Thomas, St. John and […]

JULIO RHYMER RESIGNS! Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board Accepts Resignation

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Julio Rhymer is out at WAPA! That’s the startling unconfirmed report the Virgin Islands Free Press got early today. The embattled Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO Rhymer has struggled to connect 50 percent of the territory to electricity more than three months after Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas and St. […]

Hurricanes Irma and Maria Left Government 36 Percent Short on Revenues … And FEMA $300 Million Loan Is Just A Drop In An Empty Bucket

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands government is grappling with a staggering revenue shortfall in the wake of the two category 5 hurricanes that hit prior to its fiscal year ending, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The territorial government — led by Gov. Kenneth Mapp — is trying to overcome a 36 percent […]

Ban-The-Burn Bill Passes Muster In Legislature But Mapp Says Burn Will Go On No Matter What Senators Do

CRUZ BAY – Island Green Living Association said today that it is pleased that the Legislature passed a bill on Friday that would prevent the burning of more than 600,000 cubic yards of vegetative hurricane debris in the territory. The St. John non-profit, along with The Sierra Club and the Virgin Island Conservation Society, announced […]

Governor Thanks ‘No Work’ Senate For Finally Approving FEMA Disaster Loan Package … Weeks After It Was Sent Down To Them For Approval

CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp thanked members of the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands for authorizing the territory’s government to enter into a Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan. Senators approved the Government’s borrowing initiative during Friday’s session. “By their affirmative vote, Senators have strengthened the cash liquidity of the Virgin Islands Government at a […]

Today Is The Last Day of The Atlantic Hurricane Season … It’s Finally Over And We Have Hopes Of Recovery Going Into 2018

CHRISTIANSTED — Today is the last day of the highly active, deadly and destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, but Virgin Islanders will feel its impact for years. Politicians are still scrambling to determine how much of the next territorial budget will be dedicated to covering losses that may or may not be paid by the […]

NO WORK SENATE: Senators Refuse To Deliberate Governor’s Bills After They Are Called Into Special Session By Mapp

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he was disappointed Tuesday “regarding the 32nd Legislature’s failure to act on measures critical to continuing essential operations of the Virgin Islands government.” Senators, who were called into Special Session by the governor, adjourned without considering any of the important legislation on the November 21 agenda. “I’m hopeful Senators […]

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship Cancels St. Croix Visit At The Last Minute … Mapp Says Due To A Lack of On-Ground Excursions’

CHRISTIANSTED — The United States Virgin Islands is preparing to access a loan of more than $400 million from the Community Disaster Loan of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). Speaking to reporters at Government House on St. Croix on Friday, Governor Kenneth Mapp said that the government was in the process of executing the […]

Federal Court Judge Rules Against Kevin Rodriguez’s Bid To Regain Seat He Won In Legislature, But Was Disqualified From

MEMPHIS MAFIA: According to a bankruptcy case Kevin Rodriguez was involved in, he stated in court documents that he was a resident of Tennessee. According to the Revised Organic Act, candidates for the Legislature must live in the territory for three years prior to being elected. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Kevin Rodriquez’s bid to join the […]

Mapp Tells Government Retirees That He Will Have To Drastically Slash Their Health Care Benefits If His Government Is To Survive Budget Shortfalls

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance benefits, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said […]