Diverse human hands showing unity May 24, 2016 African-American and Immigrant Communities Share Challenges, Policy Solutions African-American and immigrant communities in Virginia share many challenges, and there are critical policy solutions that could improve the lives of both immigrant and African-American Virginians. This report explores some of these challenges and solutions, focusing on residential segregation, schools that too often fail to meet the needs of all students, employment challenges for adults without high school diplomas, low wages for many workers, lack of health insurance and culturally competent health care, significant caretaking responsibilities without the benefit of paid sick leave and family leave, and harsher punishment in the criminal justice system.
Eroding Standards Table January 6, 2016 How the state slashed support for Virginia’s schools since the recession By Chris Duncombe and Michael Cassidy Because of changes to how Virginia determines support for public schools, students in Virginia are being shortchanged by $800 million per year. Download the report (pdf) Get the press release (pdf) Many of the cuts stem from changes legislators made to the state’s funding formula.
not_targeted March 4, 2016 An Analysis of 2016-2018 Budget Proposals in PreK-12 Funding By Chris Duncombe and Michael Cassidy The governor and both chambers of the Virginia legislature have recognized the need to help Virginia’s public schools make up for lost ground. Each has proposed increased investment in schools after many years of significant cuts made during the financial strain of the recession.
va_coal_employment_is_plummeting March 2, 2016 Over $700 Million Spent Since 1988 Hasn’t Slowed Industry Decline By Aaron Williams and Michael J. Cassidy After years of gradual decline, coal mining, which used to be the economic engine of southwest Virginia, is now in a free fall. Southwest Virginia’s economy is weaker now than before the recession. Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax credits handed out since 1988 haven’t changed things.

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