Economy


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Making 52 Cents on the Dollar: Virginia Women of Color Hardest Hit By Wage Gap 

The commonwealth’s wage gap exists in multiple groups. However, the hardest hit teetered the lines of both racism and sexism.

President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Biden Cancels Student Loan Debt, Extends Repayment Pause, Announces Reforms for Future Repayments

Biden’s executive order will cancel $10,000 in debt for anyone who went to college and earns less than $125,000; $20,000 for borrowers who also received Pell Grants and meet the income threshold; and dramatically reduces monthly payments for low- and middle-income borrowers moving forward.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing the Democrats' landmark climate change and health care bill in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Five Ways Democrats Have Helped Virginia Under Biden’s Leadership

The Biden Administration has racked up an impressive list of legislative accomplishments that provide tangible help to Virginia’s communities, families, and individuals.

Will Joe Biden agree to cancel a portion of student loans for some borrowers? Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
Six in 10 Voters Support Extending Pause on Student Loans and Canceling At Least $10,000 in Loans

Voters under 45 support student debt cancellation in overwhelming numbers, and new polling from Courier Newsroom and Data for Progress shows canceling some amount of federal student loan debt could be a political winner for President Joe Biden. Tens of millions of Americans with federal student loans are holding their breath to see whether they’ll...

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the Daniel Technology Center of Germanna Community College – Culpeper Campus, Feb. 10, 2022, in Culpeper, Va. Biden came into office with a plan to fix inflation — just not the particular inflationary problem that the country now faces. His belief is that a cluster of companies control too many industries, which reduces competition for both customers and workers. That leads to higher prices and lower wages at what the White House says is an average cost of $5,000 annually for U.S. families. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Here’s How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Help Virginia Families

All 50 Senate Democrats—including Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner—voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, an impactful bill with a wide array of support from economists, climate experts, healthcare activists, and more.

A parent shops for school supplies deals at a Target store, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in North Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Virginia’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is Almost Here

Amid rising inflation costs, the annual sales tax holiday is here to help Virginia’s consumers save money on a variety of items, including emergency supplies and back-to-school needs.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing in Washington, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Bonnie Cash/Pool Photo via AP)
Help Wanted: A Plan To Get Virginians In-Demand Careers

During a recent roundtable discussion, Sen. Tim Kaine expressed interest in expanding Pell grant eligibility requirements to include workforce students.