HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

By Kim BoboOver the last decade, Virginia’s House and Senate Commerce and Labor committees pretty much ignored the labor side of the equation. Ranked the top state for doing business, Virginia is also ranked the worst state for workers.Addressing Virginia’s pitiful labor protections and raising a few core standards...
Incoming Democratic majorities in Virginia agree on a lot when it comes to labor policy. They’ve pledged to raise the minimum wage, address paid family leave and ban employment discrimination against LGBT people.But one question has sharply divided the party and even drawn the attention of two leading Democratic...
The Trump administration's proposal to overhaul federal food stamp rules could affect 4,500 Virginians, according to state officials who say they've already taken steps to prevent anyone from having to go hungry as a result.Stricter work requirements for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, are scheduled to take...
Ronaldo Gonzalez Vasquez says his employer owed him two weeks of pay when his once-reliable boss stopped responding to phone calls and text messages.So the 21-year-old construction worker who had been building offices in Tyson’s Corner and McLean turned to the state for help, filling out an unpaid wage...
The irony is lost on them, apparently.For years, as they successfully argued to block new gun restrictions in the GOP-controlled General Assembly, gun rights groups talked about the horrific injustice that would be perpetrated on "law-abiding" gun owners by the passage of any new gun law, including the onerous...
ETTRICK — To fulfill Amazon’s need for workers with advanced technology skills as well as those of other tech employers, the state is investing $1 billion over 20 years at Virginia colleges and universities. The state will spend the money on schools that have committed to producing a certain number...
The number of homeless people in Virginia has dropped 36 percent over the past decade, from 9,080 people in 2010 to 5,780 this year.State housing officials attribute the steadily improving numbers to the state’s early embrace of a strategy called rapid-rehousing, which helps people facing or experiencing homelessness pay...
A middle finger, sharp words, some auto mechanics threatening to call the cops.The gritty, confusing debate over so-called “skill games” in Virginia reached new heights Tuesday outside a strip mall in Chesterfield, where the purveyor of one slot-machine-style game staged a press conference in front of a rival operation...
Rural Virginia has swung hard for Republicans over the last decade, driven by backlash to President Barack Obama, an emigration of more educated residents to urban and suburban areas, and a realignment in culture and voting patterns.So why is a Democrat in exurban Northern Virginia running on the campaign...
Dominion Energy’s newest plan for a renewable energy package that environmentally conscious customers can buy is causing some big businesses, including Walmart, to push back against what they call “an unattractive offering.”Why? Companies and an industry group that represents some of Virginia’s and the nation’s largest employers have two...