Online Family Budget Calculator

Sep 4, 2015

A new online budget calculator shows many Virginia working families aren’t making enough to get by.

The Economic Policy Institute’s budget cruncher takes local data on a variety of costs, including, food, housing, and health care, and then calculates the numbers for the household size.

Laura Goren with the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis says the calculator shows many families are fighting a big gap between what they make and what they need.

The calculator is available here.

Taming Runaway Education Costs

Jul 27, 2015

State lawmakers say they’re determined to find ways that will help reign in the runaway costs of getting a college degree.  Members of the House Higher Education Advisory Subcommittee applaud Virginia’s universities, but say the skyrocketing costs and college loan debt have become a very heavy burden for families. 

National Defense Authorization Act

Jun 9, 2015

Senate Democratic leaders are hoping to filibuster a bill this week that's vital to Virginia's servicemen and women and the state's defense industry.

Virginia Lawmakers on Sequestration

Mar 23, 2015
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The House and Senate are set to debate the nation’s budget this week and it has huge implications for the region. Virginia lawmakers are fighting to keep those indiscriminate budget cuts known as sequestration at bay.

No post session per diems, last-minute deals, and burning of the midnight oil this year. While the votes were not unanimous, Senate and House lawmakers have passed a state budget that includes pay raises for state employees, college faculty, state police, and teachers.

House Minority Leader David Toscano argued that law enforcement, school faculty, and other employees are still without the support they need.

"The budget doesn't go far enough, but it is a process and we'll continue to make it---push to make it better, not just this year, but in years ahead."