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Billy Baldwin has owned his restaurant along Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront strip for 16 years.He’s added entertainment to attract wandering tourists and offers deals like $2 tacos to draw people in.Still, there are some years Baldwin says he takes a loss because of Virginia's liquor ratio requirement, which requires that...
A proposed eviction-diversion program is facing strong opposition from the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, whose representative called it “incredibly expensive window dressing.”The remarks came Wednesday during a meeting of a sub-committee of the Virginia Housing Commission, which has spent the last six months reviewing potential...
Imagine you are a stressed-out parent.Perhaps you're juggling two jobs, struggling with depression or anxiety, worried about making ends meet, afraid of being evicted from your home.Your child is misbehaving, demanding, pushing your buttons. You have a moment when you think: “I just can’t take it anymore.” In that...
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...
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...
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...
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...
An environmental group in coastal Virginia is urging voters to oppose a constitutional amendment intended to offer tax relief to property owners facing recurring flooding, prompting a debate that echoes larger concerns about how states and localities should respond to sea-level rise.On ballots statewide Tuesday, the measure would give...
The Department of Social Services has started relocating residents of Jones & Jones Assisted Living in Richmond after shutting down one of the facility's two buildings, NBC12 reports.Jones & Jones has been open for decades and racked up hundreds of violations from DSS, but has remained opened, even after...
Public officials in Virginia love jobs announcements. The governor trumpets at least a handful every month and elected officials all the way down the food chain, regardless of party, tend to get in on the action, offering laudatory quotes and posing for pictures at ceremonial groundbreakings.So eyebrows collectively shot...