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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Wednesday that Democrat Terry McAuliffe's spending priorities would total at least $14 billion over a four-year term and potentially translate into a $1,700 tax hike for the average Virginia family as the Republican tries to gather momentum for the stretch run of the governor's race.
Northern Virginia, despite a median household income ranked among the highest in the country and an enviably low unemployment rate, has endured growing income inequality and a heightened need for public benefits compared with the rest of the state during the economic downturn, a new report shows.
Activists on Thursday delivered more than 6,000 petition signatures urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto recently passed voter-identification legislation, the hot-button issue that has become a recent target of the U.S. Department of Justice and the courts.
The high cost of providing health insurance and a general willingness among businesses to skimp on employee benefits has left Virginia with its lowest rate of workplace health coverage in almost 20 years, according to a new study.
The gap between the top 10 percent of earners and the bottom 10 percent in Virginia is the highest it's been in 30 years and ranks second only behind New Jersey, a report released Tuesday says.
Virginia is home to four of 10 richest counties in the nation, yet the statewide child poverty rate is at its highest level since 1998 and the number of residents who live in deep poverty has jumped by more than 20 percent since 2007, according to newly released census data.
Virginia is facing a shortfall of about $800 million in its next budget, according to a report released Monday by think tank the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.