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emmett hanger

Emmett Hanger: Proposed Medicaid reform compromise

Today, as Chairman of the Medicaid Innovation & Reform Commission (MIRC) and as Chairman of the Senate Finance-Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, I am offering a proposal intended to serve as the basis for a compromise between the House, the Senate, and the Administration regarding Medicaid.


tim kaine

Tim Kaine comments on GOP move to block minimum wage vote

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation that would raise the minimum wage.


revenues

Michael Petit: Raise the minimum wage

On Wednesday this week, the United States Senate will hold a vote to raise the minimum wage, currently at $7.25 an hour, by 95 cents a year for the next three years. It will become $10.10 an hour in 2016.


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Emeritus at Staunton continues its fight against poor nutrition for seniors

For the second year in row, Emeritus at Staunton is seeking to help combat senior malnutrition by joining in Emeritus’ nationwide effort to deliver more than 10,000 meals to seniors across America in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month.


business

Luz Vega-Marquis: A living wage is an equal voice

Although the terms “minimum wage” and “living wage” are sometimes used interchangeably, their meanings are quite different. A minimum wage is the lowest a business can legally pay. A living wage is what its workers need to meet their families’ basic needs – to stave off the choice between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk.


ACC donates runnerup gear overseas

The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its participation in the World Vision’s “Gifts-in-Kind” Program, which allows the league to donate its runner-up ACC championship gear to those in need in developing countries. Gear from both the ACC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments was donated.


Gina Schaefer: Can’t build a strong economy on weak minimum wage

Our starting pay for sales associates is $10. We know that gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour makes good business sense.


university of virginia uva

UVa. study: Immune system has dramatic impact on child brain development

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has revealed the dramatic effect the immune system has on the brain development of young children.


Chris Graham: Newt Gingrich is right on global warming

Newt Gingrich thinks John Kerry should resign after telling a conference in Indonesia on Sunday that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”


robert hurt

Congressman Robert Hurt questions Federal Reserve Chair Yellen on monetary policy

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) released the following statement after the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on Tuesday entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.”


university of virginia uva

Restore Access UVa.: Thanks to University for boosting program

On behalf of the Restore AccessUVA Campaign, we would like to express our immense gratitude to the University of Virginia (U.Va.) board member and alumnus John Griffin for his generous $4 million dollar challenge donation toward AccessUVa.


business

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann: Low minimum wage is bad for women, families and business

As a small business owner myself, I don’t see the logic in business people arguing against increasing the minimum wage. It’s just not logical to pay people a wage that doesn’t even cover basics like food, housing, utilities and transportation needed to get to work.


congress

Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.


Ed Gillespie announces U.S. Senate bid

Alexandria communications consultant and former White House aide Ed Gillespie today announced his campaign for U.S. Senate.


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Our Community Place marks Second Saturday Night Out! in January

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our special Guest Chefs, and local favorites, Clementine Café, Hank’s Smokehouse, and Thunderbird Cafe.


Our Community Christmas Concert Dec. 3 in Harrisonburg

The Our Community Christmas Concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., in Harrisonburg. Special chef-prepared desserts will be served with other refreshments starting at 6pm; live musical performance begins at 7pm.


university of virginia uva

UVa. donors speak up against AccessUVa cuts

The I Am Not A Loan campaign and students from the University of Virginia have launched an online campaign asking donors to register their disappointment with the University of Virginia, after its governing board made a decision to cut funding from the school’s financial aid program, AccessUVa.


Our Community Place: Second Saturday Night Out

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our special Guest Chefs, JMU’s PCMA.


business

Holly Sklar: Minimum wage back to 1950 level on 75th anniversary

The minimum wage has put a floor under workers’ wages since taking effect 75 years ago on October 24, 1938. But at $7.25 an hour, today’s federal minimum wage is the same as it was in 1950, after adjusting for inflation.


Earth Talk: Concerns over essential oils

Essential oils are more popular than ever for medicinal and therapeutic purposes as well as in fragrances and flavorings for food and drinks.