Economy and Economics

Airbnb Stirs Debate Amongst Virginia Lawmakers

Jul 12, 2016
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The new gig economy is already disrupting businesses across Virginia, although the future of how they will be regulated is still an open question. That’s why state leaders from across the commonwealth will convene in Richmond later this week to hammer out the details about the future of short-term property rentals through Airbnb. 

Inside the Wild West of Debt Settlement Companies

Jul 8, 2016
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For people down on their luck and behind on their bills, there seems to be no end of businesses looking to turn a buck. That often means people are scammed out of money — just when they need help the most. Critics say state leaders in Virginia are doing nothing to solve the problem.

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Virginia may be one of the oldest states. And its history may stretch back into the past more than other states. But new numbers from the federal government are revealing a surprising twist about Virginia. 


It’s been more than a century since horseless carriages started revolutionizing transportation across America. Now driverless cars are about to reshape the American landscape, and a new report from George Mason University says Virginia is poised to become a leader in the industry.  

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A new report shows that while Virginia is making improvements for its children in education and health, other areas such as economic well-being continue to falter.