Rising Inequality Lifting Some Virginians, Sinking Others
Looking at trends in the median wage over the past 30 years makes Virginia look like a great place to make a living. But a scan of the entire wage landscape shows big wage gains for top earners, and big losses for workers on the bottom.
Past Decisions, Sluggish Economy Pose Fiscal Challenges for Virginia
As the outgoing administration prepares its final budget, Virginia’s budget outlook seems brighter more than four years after the Great Recession officially ended. Official state estimates predict the amount of money it takes in to pay for education, health care and other services will increase moderately over the next few years as personal income ticks up.
Critical Health Insurance Should Be Offered to More Virginians
Virginia’s Medicaid program isn’t the broken, out-of-control system that its opponents portray. Far from it. The public insurance program for low-income people provides a wide range of Virginians with needed health care, improves their overall well-being, holds down medical costs, and protects families from financial ruin because of serious illness or injury.
Letting big, profitable corporations skip out on support for the things that make Virginia one of the best states for business will undermine the commonwealth’s ability to create jobs and boost the economy. A stronger future for Virginia requires businesses to invest in the key services that build the foundation for real economic growth – things like healthy families, educated workers, safe communities, and well-maintained roads.