HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

Tennessee lawmaker says Virginia needs to do more to fix Bristol landfill’s malodorous emissions

BY: - September 23, 2021

Not satisfied with how Virginia officials are handling the complaints, a Tennessee state senator wants his state agencies to investigate a Bristol, Virginia, landfill linked to air pollution and foul odors plaguing residents on both sides of the border. “In addition to the landfill causing odor nuisance issues, I believe it presents a health and […]

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‘Tax the rich?’ Democrats’ plans will barely dent long slide away from progressive taxation

BY: - September 22, 2021

By Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley Demanding tax increases on the rich is back in fashion – both in the corridors of the House of Representatives and on the red carpet of the Met Gala. The House Ways and Means Committee outlined plans on Sept. 13, 2021, to move the top […]

In numbers: Virginia’s struggle to distribute unemployment benefits

BY: - September 20, 2021

Lawmakers on Monday got their second report from legislative auditors on the Virginia Employment Commission’s struggle to meet the massive demand for unemployment benefits amid the pandemic. Here’s a look at some of the statistics and figures presented in the interim update by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which plans to wrap up […]

Can Southwest Virginia remake itself as a laboratory for renewables?

BY: - September 20, 2021

NORTON — In September 2020, the highwall came crashing down.  For decades, the more than 75-foot-high remnant of surface mining had dominated the eastern entry to Norton, looming over the intersection of Routes 23 and 58. Officials had long since forgotten what company had left behind the structure, which predated both the state’s mining agency […]

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It’s time for Virginia to invest in services and programs that will support all communities

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Breanne Armbrust The Commonwealth of Virginia finds itself in a unique position — in the middle of a historic pandemic with a budget surplus of $2.6 billion at the start of the new fiscal year. Like many community activists around Virginia, I immediately thought of how those funds could be used to directly benefit […]

Legal challenge slows rural broadband plans in Virginia

BY: - September 15, 2021

Supporters call it a commonsense way to get broadband internet into more homes in rural Virginia. A Culpeper County couple calls it an unconstitutional infringement on their property rights. The fight, which has already halted an $600 million broadband expansion project, does not appear to be going away anytime soon. At issue is a 2020 […]

In Southwest Virginia, farmers and brewers hope for a grain renaissance

BY: - September 14, 2021

ST. PAUL — On a quiet Thursday afternoon in St. Paul, a town of about 850 that sits on the banks of the Clinch River straddling Wise and Russell counties, Greg Bailey was filling a growler of Scotch ale.  Beer has a colorful history in these parts. Once it flowed like water: so rowdy was […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly aggressive […]

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‘The employee is in the catbird seat.’ It’s about time.

BY: - September 8, 2021

School divisions around the commonwealth, including the Richmond area and Hampton Roads, are worried about a lack of bus drivers as the new school year starts. Norfolk, for example, has 91 openings, nearly twice the number than at the same time in 2019.  Restaurants and other service industries have resorted to offering higher wages to […]

Virginia leads nation in distribution of federal rent relief

BY: - September 7, 2021

Virginia has distributed more of its share of federal rent relief money to families struggling in the pandemic than any other state in the country, according to U.S. Treasury data. “This is a great thing,” said Christie Marra, the director of housing advocacy at the Virginia Poverty Law Center. “The whole goal here is to […]

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Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.

BY: - September 6, 2021

So what can the plight of a little café tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

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Congress: Turn your attention to Americans like me

BY: - September 2, 2021

By John Livesay I am a 64-year-old, life-long Virginian, and I’m proud of my work ethic. In fact, I remember receiving my first work permit in 1970 at age 13. I worked as a grocery store stock boy after school. And I’ve been working ever since, until my disabilities caught up with me. Today, I […]