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July 15, 2021 | Laura Goren

Coming Together for Loudoun County: Collective Bargaining Strengthens Communities and Families

Loudoun County is a growing, increasingly diverse community that is a place of aspirations and contrasts: one...
June 29, 2021 | The Commonwealth Institute

New Federal Funds for Virginia: Who’s Getting What

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 that became law on March 11 provides both flexible and targeted funding...
May 18, 2021 | Ashley Kenneth

More Than Recovery: Reflecting on a Stronger Future for the Commonwealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed inequities with deep roots. Intentional policy decisions made over generations have maintained a society where...
May 3, 2021 | Laura Goren

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: Virginia’s Economy and Policies to Build a Stronger Future

With many schools resuming in-person classes, an acceleration of vaccine rollout, and positive reports about how many jobs are being...
January 18, 2021 | Chris Wodicka

Virginia’s Families and Communities Need Support Now: State Budget Options for a Stronger, More Equitable Recovery

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created widespread hardship across Virginia and around the globe. As hospitalizations continue...
October 19, 2020 | Chris Wodicka

A Refundable State EITC is a Boost to Working Families: See How Much

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a commonsense way to support families with low to moderate incomes. Over 600,000...
October 1, 2020 | Chris Wodicka

This Recession is Different: Hardship among Asian American Communities and the Need for State Policy Solutions

The economy shows some signs of recovering from the worst of the pandemic-driven recession, yet the share of working people...
September 17, 2020 | Laura Goren

New Census Income and Poverty Data Shows High Levels of Inequality Even Before Pandemic, Leaving Many At Risk for Hunger and Insecurity

High housing costs and income inequality meant even before the pandemic many families in Virginia did not have the means...
August 17, 2020 | Laura Goren

Federal Spending Likely to Continue Stabilizing Virginia’s Economy and State Revenue Through Recession

Virginia has long benefited from the federal government, largely due to the proximity of Washington, D.C. Out of all U.S.
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