It’s one of the state’s largest companies, with $50 million in sales each year. It pays workers less than a dollar an hour, but for every job that opens, ten people apply. You may never have heard of it, but chances are you own one of its products.
Virginia Correctional Enterprises makes license plates for state residents and the State Department in DC. It also molds model workers like 52-year-old Alexander Parker.
Over the last few weeks, Governor McDonnell has been scrutinizing 812 bills sent to him by the General Assembly. Among them is a package of legislation to penalize “possession with the intent to distribute” a legal product. Its goal is to stop the traffickers of contraband cigarettes, who’ve made millions of dollars while the Commonwealth loses revenue.
Officials in Virginia are bracing for the impact of the federal budget cuts that start trickling down. Lawmakers in the commonwealth disagree about what should be done with the sequestration.
So now they’re dealing with the fallout: cuts to education, housing, healthcare, conservation programs – the list is seemingly endless. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says many federal workers and contractors in the commonwealth will feel those cuts directly.