Meals Tax Shell Game; From Sanctuary to Stooge; Stadium Update-"ish"; Failing Report Card.
RVA 5x5 - January 27, 2024
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Only four stories in this edition today, but we will have some bonus stories next week midweek! But today’s stories are free to all and worth sharing because they call out City Hall’s attempted shell game on the Richmond restaurant scene, our failing school leadership, the baseball stadium that has yet to turn a shovel, and the story of how the mayor sold out an immigrant just to try and get good press.
STORY #1 — Meals Tax Shell Game
The Mayor has abandoned any pretense of reacting to or pretending to deal with the meals tax fiasco that has stuck dozens of restaurants (that we know about) with thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in penalties and interest that balloon from one missed meals tax payment. And now the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) want you to believe they are finally doing something about it when in fact all they are doing is covering their own inaction for the last…