Minimum wage in Virginia: Cooking with the lights off to save money

Thomasine Wilson is tired of fighting for $15.00. "Give me $15/hour this year, this legislative session," said the homecare provider, who previously survived on less than $9 per...
graphic displaying that a poverty wage in VA is 7 dollars and 91 cents but the minimum wage comes in below that at 7 dollars and 25 cents

Is the minimum wage enough to live in Virginia?

This is part two of our series looking at the minimum wage. Check out part one here. If you’re a full-time minimum wage worker in Virginia earning $7.25 per...
Minimum Wage VA compared to 20 other states

Virginia’s minimum wage lags behind other states

This is the first of a multi-part series exploring the minimum wage in Virginia. Earlier this year, Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly failed to raise the state’s minimum wage, which...
Old building with Virginia engraved into the stone work of the structure

Immigrants help drive economic growth across Virginia

From Virginia Beach to Charlottesville to Fairfax County, immigrants helped grow the economies of dozens of Virginia localities and cut population loss by at least 10%, according to a new analysis by...

Rep. Spanberger says Virginia’s digital divide weakens local economy

Rep. Abigal Spanberger (D-Va.) delivers remarks at a luncheon hosted by the The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce in April, 2019

Dominion paid less in federal income tax than you did

Yes, you read that correctly. Dominion Energy, which reported over $3 billion in U.S. income, had an effective tax rate of -1%, meaning they actually made money while you were busy paying...

What are Opportunity Zones?

It might sound like a vague government experiment, but “opportunity zones” are a legit way for Virginians living in low-income communities to attract investors to their businesses. One of the...

What happened this year in the General Assembly

Virginia’s General Assembly is gone for the year. Despite being engulfed by scandal, some things of note actually happened during this session. Below we've gathered the highlights of what got done, what...

Dominion pulls a fast one on legislators and the public

When you make a deal with someone, you can’t just unilaterally change the terms of the contract after the fact just because you want more money. Or at least,...