Virginia lawmakers punt on bills aimed at limiting partisan election oversight

June 30, 2022

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Voters cast ballots at Main Street Station in Richmond in 2020. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)(VM) – Despite getting several extra months to negotiate, Virginia lawmakers went home for the summer without a deal on proposals to limit partisan influence in the state’s election bureaucracy. Legislation that would have removed the governor’s power to […]

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Bill to boost economic growth in low-income communities

June 17, 2022

~ Bipartisan legislation will create a new tax credit to promote private investment in community lenders ~ WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) led senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) in introducing bipartisan legislation to promote lasting economic prosperity in Black, brown and low-income communities. […]

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Va. House Democrats pick Scott as new minority leader

June 7, 2022

Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth. BY GRAHAM MOOMAW (VM) – Speaking to reporters after his successful bid to become the new Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, said he upgraded his TV room during the pandemic so it’d be easy to “go home and relax.” “But there are too many people […]

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After months of wrangling, Virginia has a budget deal. What’s in it?

June 2, 2022

BY: GRAHAM MOOMAW AND SARAH VOGELSONG (VM) – Lawmakers, lobbyists, activists and other Virginia Capitol watchers were scrambling Tuesday to speed-read a 370-page budget deal that was quietly released over a long holiday weekend, the product of months’ worth of secretive negotiations between a select few legislators from the Republican House of Delegates and the Democratic Senate. Gov. […]

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Virginia is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims

August 12, 2021

Virginia is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims, with last week’s claims higher than at the start of 2020, according to WalletHub’s updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest. Key Stats: Weekly unemployment claims in Virginia increased by 354.32% compared to the same week in 2019. This was the biggest […]

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Advocates disappointed by proposed delay in minimum wage implementation

April 17, 2020

Workers and advocates who urged Gov. Ralph Northam to sign a bill that would have raised the minimum wage at the start of next year were disappointed when instead a delay was proposed until May 2021. Democrats in the General Assembly passed HB395 and SB7 to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023, beginning with a raise to $9.50 on Jan. 1, 2021. Northam caved to pressure from wealthy corporate lobbyists and amended HB395 to delay the first minimum wage increase for 5 months, until May 1, 2021, noted advocates from Progress Virginia.

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