An estimated 12 million Americans take out payday loans each year.
RICHMOND, Va. — Del. Mark Levine recalls receiving a $1,000 loan offer from a company with a 299% interest rate buried deep in the fine print. “As the company compounds daily at this interest rate, this loan would cost anyone desperate enough to accept this offer more than $20,000 in interest and fees if they
Virginia will be the first Southern state to pass nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ residents.
RICHMOND, Va. — Legislators wore rainbow, heart-shaped stickers Thursday as the House and Senate passed the Virginia Values Act. LGBTQ advocacy groups and lawmakers held a press conference in anticipation of what they called, “a historic moment after a years-long battle.” Senate Bill 868, patroned by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and House Bill 1663, patroned
Port Host Communities Revitalization Funds will assist projects in Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth.
The General Assembly allocated $1 million in grants to redevelop port-related properties in Virginia’s “port host communities,” including Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. The goal of the funding is to enable timely redevelopment of port structures for economic development and employment growth, according to the Department of Housing and Community
The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
Gov. Ralph Northam led a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority’s $91 million state headquarters complex in Hanover County, expected to open next year. Virginia ABC’s existing warehouse in Richmond is just more than 295,000 square feet, but is operating at 100% capacity and “bursting at the seams,” said Virginia Secretary
Virginia Passenger Rail Authority would have the power to purchase and manage railways
A House committee decided Wednesday to temporarily postpone action on a comprehensive transportation bill that, in part, establishes a governing body to purchase and manage railways, something supporters said the state has gone too long without. The House Finance Committee, citing time constraints and the bill’s complexity, will act Monday on House Bill 1414, introduced
Bills would aid house cleaners, cooks, waiters, nannies and caregivers who provide services in a private home
After a 15-hour work day, Lenka Mendoza is tired but she prepares to do it all over again the next day. Mendoza spoke Tuesday at a Care in Action press conference in support of several General Assembly bills, dubbed the Virginia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The nonprofit advocates for fairness and dignity for U.S.
Right-to-work backers say repeal would harm Virginia's economic development efforts
Buoyed by the Virginia legislature’s new Democratic majority, bills to repeal Virginia’s right-to-work laws have the greatest chance of making it to the governor’s desk in a generation, predict political scientists. “I think it absolutely will [get repealed], but it will be a big fight,” says Elsie Harper-Anderson, director of the Ph.D. program in public
Altria, Amazon, Capital One and Dominion all signed the letter.
More than 30 Virginia employers — including Altria Group Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Capital One Financial Corp. and Dominion Energy — on Monday sent a letter to Virginia lawmakers asking for comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) nondiscrimination protections. The letter addressed to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw,
Christian university has state's largest enrollment, with 94,000+ online students
Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to cut Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) aid for online students would negatively impact more than 2,000 students per year at Liberty University alone, the state’s largest university by enrollment stated in a news release issued Friday. Currently being considered by the new Democratic-majority General Assembly, the governor’s proposed budget calls
Bill would prevent discrimination in housing, lodging, employment and credit applications
RICHMOND — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, that would update the Virginia Fair Housing act to prevent