The bipartisan budget deal reached in Congress is expected to bring a lot of relief to the commonwealth of Virginia, though Virginia lawmakers still say it isn’t perfect.
Fear of another government shutdown early next year is dissipating here at the Capitol. The agreement increases federal spending by about forty five billion dollars, sets spending levels for the next two years and offers federal agencies some relief from sequestration. Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes says is giving the agreement muted praise.
Virginia Organizing is out with its annual Job Gap report. The report compares the number of job seekers to the number of jobs that pay a living wage.
Jill Reese, with “Alliance for a Just Society” says living wage jobs are few and far between.
“Over half of job openings in Virginia pay less than $18.59 an hour. That’s the living wage for a single adult. More than four out of five pay less than $34.27 an hour-the living wage for a single adult with two children.”
It’s estimated some thirty million people around the world are forced into slave labor. And while there’s been an international outcry, it was hard to know what labor conditions are behind the products you buy.
Now a team of students at Virginia Tech has come up with an easy way for online shoppers to see how their purchases stack up on the human rights scale, before they buy.
Virginians weighed in earlier this month on their opinion of the economy. It’s the 4th time this year Roanoke College researcher have interviewed Virginians about their financial situation, inclination for purchasing durable goods, and general business conditions in the future.