HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

COMMENTARY

How to bring the ‘missing middle’ to Virginia housing development

BY: - July 23, 2021

Standalone house or an apartment? When looking for a place to call home most folks know what type of housing they want, but what if there were more choices on the market? Last month Norfolk’s city council approved a Missing Middle Pattern Book full of free designs and schematics for dozens of so-called “middle housing”: […]

Lobbyists load Va. lawmakers onto private jet to kick off push to loosen slots laws

BY: - July 22, 2021

A coalition of gambling companies hoping to get slot machines back into Virginia convenience stores and bars kicked off its legislative push this week with a private flight for four lawmakers to Chicago. While the plush jet raised some eyebrows — Virginia politicians have generally eschewed gifts of private air travel after scandal consumed former […]

Virginia Republicans have been warning Democratic control was bad for business. CNBC disagrees.

BY: and - July 13, 2021

After Democrats took control of the General Assembly in 2020, a common refrain emerged among Republicans who opposed legislation that raised the minimum wage and added new anti-discrimination protections for employees. “The Democrat majority has done much to diminish Virginia’s reputation for being America’s ‘best state for business,’” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

COMMENTARY

Eviction prevention is not housing investment

BY: - July 13, 2021

By Michelle Krocker America has a housing crisis — an affordability crisis, as well as a housing-supply crisis. Recently, the National Association of Realtors released a report showing that over the last 20 years new housing starts (new residential construction projects) fell 5.5 million units short of long-term historical levels. “The scale of the problem […]

Company pulls plug on proposed Charles City gas power plant

BY: - July 10, 2021

The company that had been pushing to build an 1,100-megawatt natural gas power plant in Charles City has announced it will abandon the project. “NOVI Energy cares deeply about the communities it serves and the affordable, reliable power facilities it helps build,” a communications firm representing the company told The Richmond Times-Dispatch, which reported the […]

Virginia is among 36 states accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Virginia is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the lawsuit, Utah v. Google, the states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing. “Google has really become […]

Virginia announces progress on unemployment claims backlog, but applications keep piling up

BY: - July 1, 2021

The Virginia Employment Commission issued its first status report Thursday on its court-ordered efforts to reduce a backlog of claims, reporting that it processed more than half of the 92,000 pending applications for assistance it’s required to adjudicate by Labor Day. But the team of legal aid attorneys representing claimants who have been left in […]

Printing a house? A Virginia first takes shape.

BY: - June 24, 2021

In a state that has been facing a major affordable housing shortage, a new alternative to brick and lumber homebuilding could be emerging — 3D printing.   Funded by a $500,000 grant from Virginia Housing, formerly the Virginia Housing Development Authority, designed by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and printed by Iowa-based […]

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

Virginia has more than a billion dollars in aid for people behind on rent. Here’s how to get it.

BY: - June 24, 2021

Update: After this story was published, the Centers for Disease Control announced a final extension of federal eviction protections through the end of July. State and federal pandemic eviction protections come to an end next week, but there’s still help available to tenants who have fallen behind on their rent — hundreds of millions of […]

Study: VCU and UVA hospitals led nation in suing patients before ending practice last year

BY: - June 21, 2021

Hospitals operated by Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia filed more lawsuits against patients over unpaid bills than any other large medical groups in the country, according to an analysis by Johns Hopkins University and Axios released this week. Both health systems ended the practice last year amid growing scrutiny of their debt-collection […]