HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

More than 46,000 suddenly unemployed workers in Virginia will face a stressful battery of bills with the turn of the month on Wednesday. Chief among them: rent.“The biggest issue is some renters don’t know what to expect,” Christie Marra, the Virginia Poverty Law Center’s director of housing advocacy, said....
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers announced the framework for a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday morning, but specifics of a final bill and a timeline for enactment remain uncertain.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he expected the chamber to pass the legislation on Wednesday. He...
By Michael GilbertJohn Maynard Keynes, the famous economist who argued for fiscal stimulus during the Great Depression, said "in the long-run we’re all dead." Perhaps an appropriate equivalent is, if we fail to act, "in the short-run we’re all dead too." No matter how we choose to handle COVID-19,...
As confirmed COVID-19 cases rise rapidly, Virginians are hunkering down and stocking up on essentials should the government order a severe lockdown that shutters nearly all commerce.Meat? Check. Canned goods? Check. Toilet paper and disinfectants? Check.Liquor? Double-check.Across Virginia, the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control stores are seeing a significant jump...
Unemployment claims in Virginia surged this week as efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 prompted mass business closures and cutbacks.The state fielded more than 30,000 applications for cash assistance since Monday. That’s a 1,500 percent increase over last week, when the state received 1,973 claims, according to Gov....
The Supreme Court of Virginia declared a judicial emergency Monday, a sweeping order that has suspended all non-emergency court actions.It was widely understood to include evictions — a point of particular concern amid pleas that people stay in their homes to avoid spreading COVID-19. But some courts didn’t read...
With businesses around the state shutting down and cutting hours to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it’s dramatically expanding the state’s unemployment insurance program to get money to more workers idled by the pandemic.“We know rent and other bills won’t wait,” he said during...
Demetrice Taylor works as a clerk at 7-Eleven in downtown Richmond, but with schools around the state closed for at least two weeks, she said that’s about to change.“Yeah I’m quitting,” she said as she walked down the street with her 4-year-old daughter who attends a public pre-school, “because...
For months, a handful of Virginia lawmakers had been pushing legislation that would grant access to paid sick time to thousands of workers.But their pitch grew increasingly pointed as the proposal came down to the wire in the final days of the General Assembly and state officials confirmed the...
Local governments will be allowed to engage in collective bargaining with their employees under legislation that cleared the General Assembly on Sunday.The bill falls far short of a proposal pushed by labor unions that the House of Delegates approved last month, which would have mandated both the state and...