Labor & Wage

The Commonwealth Institute monitors how workers are fairing in the economy through research and analysis around employment, wages, benefits and income. Reports and analyses from the current year are posted here. Work from prior years can be found in the Archive or by using the Topics at right.

Key Priorities

• Repair the infrastructure legacy that was built by prior generations.

• Make sure everyone, in every part of the state, has access to high-speed, affordable internet access.

• Better target resources to high-poverty school divisions so every student has the opportunity to succeed in the classroom.

• Partner with local communities to tackle the toughest challenges and create real opportunity for all.

• Help entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting businesses through a state development bank.

• Reduce barriers to employment by examining Virginia’s professional licensing requirements.

• Crack down on businesses that break the rules by better enforcing Virginia’s employment laws.

• Empower immigrants to further contribute to the economy.


Click image for PDF January 11, 2018 The governor’s proposed changes to the 2018-2020 budget Click image for PDF In December 2018, Governor Terry McAuliffe released a proposal for the 2018-2020 budget (FYs 2019 and 2020) and amendments to the FY 2018 budget for the House and Senate to consider. Click here or on the image for our summary level assessment of certain key changes proposed by the governor for FY 2019 and FY 2020 compared to Chapter 836 — the amended budget — which passed in Spring 2017.