Last week Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that, due to a shortfall in state revenue, the merit increases planned for state employees this year are being deferred. Only half of the anticipated 3 percent merit-based salary pool for VCU faculty and staff was to be funded by the state.
It is very difficult to find the words to express the heartache that has become all too common in our country. The lives lost, the fear provoked and the unending commentary are our new reality. Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas are this week’s headlines. Last week it was Istanbul. People all over the world are being targeted for the color of their skin, the uniforms they wear and the religion they practice.