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Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico has a long-running reputation as a fiscal and social conservative with little tolerance for vice or tax increases.So why did the former state trooper from Grayson County carry legislation this year to open the door for casino gambling in Bristol and for counties...
What defines Virginia’s low- and middle-income residents is at the heart of a heated debate about taxes.Democrats and Gov. Ralph Northam want to adjust tax policy to benefit what they've called low-income Virginians while Republicans want to focus on tax relief for the middle class.But based on income data,...
Virginia is facing a growing shortage of affordable housing, but apartment developments aiming to fill that gap often don’t make it far when they come before local governments for approval.“You hear things as offensive as, ‘We don’t want those people in our neighborhoods,’” says Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond. “The...
Republicans in the Virginia Senate voted down a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Monday afternoon in a bit of political theater apparently scripted with the November elections in mind.The bill only got to the Senate floor because two Republicans, Majority Leader Tommy Norment...
Two former journalists want to give reporters in Virginia protections if they refuse to reveal confidential sources.Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas, was the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times in Northern Virginia from 2006-2015. Roem introduced the same proposal — called a shield law — last year,...
A bill that would eventually raise Virginia's minimum wage to $15 an hour will go before the full Senate after a surprise bi-partisan vote Monday."That Virginia is getting more expensive is something we need to look at as we go along," said Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, who chairs...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are trying to ensure pensions and health care benefits for coal miners at risk of losing them. The senators last week introduced the American Miners Act of 2019 along with several of their Democratic colleagues. Their legislation aims to shore up...
With the recent announcement that Amazon is bringing 25,000-plus high-paying jobs to Crystal City in Northern Virginia, I believe now is the perfect opportunity to move the commonwealth’s transportation system into the 21st century.Now is a great time to move away from the “more roads” transportation plan to an “all-of-the-above”...
Next in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts this week.An unprecedented study released earlier this year by researchers at Princeton University put Virginia on blast: The state’s cities have among the highest eviction rates in the country.In the months that followed, policy makers, tenant...
Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a $2.1 billion increase to Virginia's $117 billion budget passed earlier this year to support new education funding, broadband investment, cleaner waterways and making the earned income tax credit refundable for some taxpayers, among other spending hikes."We’re taking this opportunity to make investments that we’ve...