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The early reviews are in, and by all accounts, Virginia looks like it got a comparative bargain on the deal it struck to bring half of Amazon’s HQ2 to Arlington County.“Basically, New York’s incentives look like they’re ultimately going to be about 10 times what Virginia offered,” says economist...
Officials in Virginia have promised Amazon they will withhold as much information as they legally can about the retail-giant’s new Virginia headquarters, which will benefit from direct state incentives totaling $550 million.And when information can’t be withheld under state public records laws, state officials have contractually agreed to warn...
As expected, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration announced Tuesday that Virginia landed the whale cities and states across the country have scrambled to harpoon since Amazon launched an open competition last year for the privilege of hosting its new headquarters project.The company says it will invest $2.5 billion in the...
The United States Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Virginia Republicans challenging a lower court's decision that found 11 state House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered.It was not immediately clear how the decision might affect the process of redrawing the districts by a court appointed special master,...
When Emily McClure relocated to Virginia from Alabama, she was excited to vote in a state she considered purple."I feel like my vote would matter more here," she said. "I was excited to go to the polls and have my voice heard a little bit."McClure found someone to watch...
Months of talks between landlord groups and tenant advocates have yielded a broad agreement to test an eviction diversion program in a bid to tamp down highest-in-the-nation eviction rates in Virginia cities, though exactly how far it will go is still under discussion.As currently contemplated, the program would give...
Midterms are over for Virginia voters, but there will be at least one more election before the end of the year for some.With Republican Del. Ben Cline's win in the 6th Congressional District and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton's win in the 10th, there are openings in the General Assembly,...
Virginia Democrats’ continued post-Trump electoral gains suggest Republicans face an uphill battle in next year’s General Assembly races as they campaign to maintain their razor-thin majorities in the state House and Senate.For two years running, Democrats’ top-of-the-ticket statewide candidates — Gov. Ralph Northam in 2017 and Sen. Tim Kaine...
As Virginia barrels toward massive changes to its Medicaid program — from expansion to the proposed work requirements — one new benefit hasn't gotten quite as much attention as others but could make a big difference for groups that provide housing services.Tucked into the 1115 demonstration waiver the state...
After two days of meetings this week, the State Air Pollution Control Board has delayed until December a decision on a permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County that’s part of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The board’s decision today followed a day of public comment, where a few...