Economics & Economy

President Obama has vowed to keep fighting for immigration reform, while Republican leaders push for new limits on who can come and who can stay in the U.S.  Here in Virginia, experts say the debate should take a very different tone, as this state’s immigrant population is like no other in the nation. 

Helping Turn Ideas Into Businesses

Mar 17, 2015

Twelve Virginia localities are receiving money to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into a real business. 

The Building Entrepreneurial Economies program is providing 226 thousand dollars in funding to non-profits and local governments to help develop economies that foster job creation and expansion.  Amanda Pearson is with the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Maybe you’ve seen that television show Shark Tank?  …Where would-be entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for new businesses? Well, Floyd County is doing something sort of like that as a way to spark economic development there.  

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Both the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate today overwhelmingly approved their respective versions of the state’s spending plan.  Budget day at the Virginia State Capitol typically reveals how lawmakers really feel about the state of the Commonwealth and how dire things are.

A lot weighs heavily on the House budget, and Appropriations Chair Chris Jones insists that it has much of what Virginia needs-including pay raises for state employees, teachers, and state police, and no cuts to K-12 education.

Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates

Sixteen percent of children in Virginia live in poverty, and one in four families is considered working poor.  They’re in contact with teachers and principals, social workers and psychologists, and in some cases, police and judges, but those professionals may not understand what it means to be poor.

Families with two kids who earn less than $24,000 a year fall below the poverty line, and with that comes some unique challenges.  Alicia Lenahan is president of Piedmont CASA, a group that advocates for abused and neglected children in court.

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