Economy and Economics

Views on Current Conditions Vary By Region
4:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Roanoke College Consumer Sentiment Poll

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. 
 

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Alice Kassens is a Senior Analyst for the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College.

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Neighborhoods Impacted
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Multiple Sex Offenders Can Affect Real Estate Values

The saying, “birds of a feather, flock together” refers to people of similar character, background, or taste congregating and associating with one another.

It’s a “common thread” that leads like-minded people to live near each other in neighborhoods.

But what happens when that common thread is a sexual offense?

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Economics & Economy
7:11 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tobacco Settlement to Benefit Rural Virginia Communities

Credit www.history.org

It’s been difficult to attract business and provide more opportunities to some of the more economically distressed parts of Virginia, but there’s hope for those areas through the national tobacco settlement. Although the money is being applied to areas within the Commonwealth’s tobacco region, HOW it's being applied will directly impact surrounding areas and indirectly boost the state's economy.

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Budget Negotiations under Deadline
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Congress Gets Busy

As Congress resumes this week after its month long break there are a lot of pressing issues facing lawmakers that have a big impact on the economy in Virginia.

A handful of Virginia lawmakers were some of the loudest voices calling for Congress to fore go its August break and get serious negotiations underway on budget issues.

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Economics & Economy
5:28 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Some Dismiss Governor's Budget Boast

The governor’s speech was not well received in certain circles.  Some democrats and economists say McDonnell  should not claim credit for low unemployment or another budget surplus.

Under his leadership, the governor says Virginia has created more than 172,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is just 5.5% -- the lowest in the Southeast.  UVA economist Terry Rephan says Virginia does better than other states when it comes to employment, regardless of who is governor.

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