The spending bill signed into law by the president last week has a lot in it for Virginia.
Virginia possibly makes out better than any other state from the one point one trillion dollar spending bill. The state’s economy took a hit in two thousand thirteen. Many federal contractors and workers suffered through pay cuts as they were furloughed. Then there’s the government shutdown which ripped around twenty four billion dollars out of the U-S economy. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says this bill provides the certainly the state has needed.
The Virginia State Senate has passed legislation that uses unemployment benefits to help keep employees on the job in lieu of being laid off.
Nearly two dozen other states participate in what's called a "shared work" program. Senator Bill Stanley, the sponsor of the legislation, says it's an important step in Virginia to save jobs, especially when employers are anticipating a downturn in their business and must cut costs.
Under this law, the employees won’t be laid off and won’t lose money altogether when their hours are reduced.
Many Virginians will resolve this new year to exercise more -- but Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has discovered limits to what working out can achieve.
Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?
So, one day I was at the gym exercising on the calf-stretching machine. As you might imagine, calf-stretching is boring, so I looked to my left to see my friend, Debbie who sat inside this claw-like apparatus, pushing up and out against what looked like a heavy weight.