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December 15, 2022 | Ashley Kenneth

Statement on Governor Youngkin’s Proposed Budget Amendments

Youngkin’s Proposals Prioritize Corporations Over Virginia Families Ashley C. Kenneth, President and CEO of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal...
October 4, 2022 | Sherri Egerton

Collective Bargaining: A Critical Tool to Improve School Staffing, Pay, and Morale

Every student deserves a high-quality education in a safe and healthy school environment that supports all aspects of learning. Teachers...
September 15, 2022 | Laura Goren

Taking the High Road: New Census Data Shows How Virginians Fared Better Due to Medicaid Expansion, and the Need for More Targeted State Choices

This post has been updated to correct median household income data. New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s...
September 13, 2022 | The Commonwealth Institute

New Census Data Shows Federal and State Investments Shielded Many Families from Severe Hardship and Led to Drop in Virginia’s Supplemental Poverty Rate

New data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey point to the critical impact that federal relief...
September 1, 2022 | The Commonwealth Institute

‘State of Working Virginia’ Reveals How Far Virginia Has Come – and How Much Further It Has Yet to Go – for Working People

New report provides comprehensive research on wages and supports for working people; people of color continue to face additional barriers...
September 1, 2022 | Mel Borja

State of Working Virginia

This is a joint report with Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP).
August 3, 2022 | The Commonwealth Institute

From Abingdon to Arlington, New Timeline Map Illustrates History of Labor Organizing By Workers across Virginia

First-of-its-kind labor history timeline illustrates the history of worker power and worker suppression from the commonwealth’s founding to present day...
August 3, 2022 | Mel Borja

History of Labor in Virginia: An Interactive Timeline and Map

Whether we are Black or white, young or old, from Abingdon or Arlington, people in Virginia work hard for their...
July 1, 2022 | 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...
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