HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

By Chris DuncombeThe pandemic has devastated the economy, and people in Virginia are struggling to stay afloat. Yet, even though the House of Representatives passed a major relief package on May 15, the U.S. Senate has failed to find agreement on a comprehensive relief bill since March. Their inaction...
The Virginia Lottery Board voted Tuesday to approve the state's first-ever regulations on sports betting, making some changes in response to feedback from big gambling platforms but maintaining a ban on wagers involving the Olympic Games.Tuesday's move clears the way for the state to begin accepting applications from sports...
Virginia isn’t doing an adequate job of lending out money to help small businesses, according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that found tens of millions of dollars have sat unused in recent years.In a presentation to legislators Monday morning, JLARC staff said...
Virginia’s coal tax credits, some of the state’s largest economic incentives, “generate negligible economic benefits” and “no longer appear relevant” in a world where natural gas is rapidly displacing coal, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission told legislators Monday morning ahead of the release of a new report...
Three Virginia residents are asking a federal judge to certify a class action lawsuit against a prolific Virginia law firm that in 2017 filed more than 20,000 eviction lawsuits.The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Hampton-based Senex Law violated federal debt collection laws and tacked on unreasonable attorney fees as they...
By Kim BoboOn Labor Day weekend as we honor America’s workers, we recognize Virginia’s complicated history with worker’s rights. Our legacy of slavery — the ultimate exploitation of workers — left us with many discriminatory and racist laws and few protections for workers.  But the last few years have...
The Supreme Court of Virginia said Friday it won't extend its order barring residential evictions, which expires Monday.But in response to a request sent by Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday, the court wrote that all local judges have been alerted to a federal moratorium issued by the Centers for...
The Virginia Employment Commission said Thursday it expects to begin distributing $300-a-week in additional unemployment benefits in "about two and a half weeks," which would fall on the week of Sept. 20.Joyce Fogg, a spokeswoman for the commission, said in an email that text messages will go out to...
Gov. Ralph Northam is once again asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to extend a temporary moratorium on evictions set to expire Monday, citing a later-than-expected end to the special legislative session and uncertainty about how the Trump administration's recently announced federal moratorium will be interpreted."While my administration works...
Update: The House version of this legislation was pulled from the agenda Thursday, which appears to end the debate on this topic for the special session. Legislators could revisit the issue when they return in January.It’s a short bill filled with lawyerly jargon. But it’s one that could have...