Tag: recession

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Tim Kaine statement on Marilyn Tavenner move to step down from healthcare post

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to step down.


Debut issue of Augusta Free Press: The Magazine now online

Augusta Free Press is back in print with the debut issue of Augusta Free Press: The Magazine, with cover stories on the final phase of work on the Wayne Theatre and a Middlebrook doctor recently named the 2014 Country Doctor of the Year.


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UVA researchers find declining enrollment in most Virginia school divisions

While the overall population in Virginia is growing, public school enrollment increased in fewer than than one-third of school divisions in the commonwealth between 2008 and 2013.


The Republicans’ extraordinary pattern of destructiveness

In the conduct of today’s Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness.


September 10

Glenn Beck, God love ‘im, liked to remind us how unified we were as a country on September 12, 2001. (Whatever happened to the Beckster, anyway?)


Ed Gillespie spouting nonsense, GOP talking points, or both?

The world is coming to an end, and the reason why: Barack Obama. This was the message from Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie Monday in Buena Vista.


Ken Plum: Kids count!

Since 1990 the Annie E. Casey Foundation has ranked states annually on overall child well-being in a report called Kids Count Data Book. The Foundation’s report is viewed as the authoritative source of information on how we are doing nationally as well as state by state for our children.


Virginia state revenues down $439 million from forecast

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that preliminary figures indicate the state concluded Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 with an approximately $438.5 million shortfall in general fund revenue collections, excluding transfers.


USDA: Americans checking nutritional information, eating better

American adults appear to be making better nutritional choices and making better use of available nutritional information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced earlier this year.


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Mark Warner Senate campaign has raised $1.4M since April 1

Senator Mark Warner’s re-election campaign today announced that it has raised more than $1.4 million since April 1, bringing the total raised to date to more than $12.6 million.


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Virginia unemployment rate up 0.1 percent in March

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased a slight 0.1 percentage point in March to 5.0 percent, after declining the previous seven months. However, the labor force expanded for the third consecutive month, increasing by 28,211.


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Mark Warner Senate campaign reports $11.2 million in fundraising

Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign announced its first quarter fundraising numbers today. During this election cycle, Friends of Mark Warner has raised more than $11.2 million and has over $8.8 million cash on hand.


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Did Robert Hurt even read the jobs report?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that U.S. businesses added 192,000 jobs in March. Somebody might want to let Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt in on what the jobs report actually had to say.


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Virginia unemployment rate dips below 5 percent

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in February to 4.9 percent, the seventh consecutive monthly decline.


Earth Talk: Cap and trade strategies to reduce carbon emissions

Cap and trade, whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate.


UVa. Cooper Center official 2013 population estimates for Virginia

Population growth in Virginia slowed last year as fewer people moved to the state, but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation, according to the most recent official state population estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.


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Mark Warner starts 2014 campaign with $7.1 million cash on hand

Friends of Mark Warner, the 2014 campaign of U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, announced its year-end fundraising numbers today. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the campaign received contributions totaling nearly $1.6 million. Friends of Mark Warner ended 2013 with more than $7.1 million cash-on-hand.


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McAuliffe nominates Maurice Jones as Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced at a press conference on Thursday the nomination of Secretary Maurice Jones as Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Jones, a Kenbridge native, is the former president of the Pilot Media Group, and currently serves as deputy secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Slower turn toward recovery?

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Most turnaround professionals predict a hard slog toward economic recovery in 2010 as businesses weighed down by debt hit rough patches and credit markets shun them. Nearly half (49 percent) the respondents to the Turnaround Management Association’s distressed industries forecast think durable economic improvement is unlikely until at least […]


The Rant | The early ’90s, part two

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The more things change, the more they actually don’t. Chris Graham started thinking about this while messing with his XM-Sirius radio today and noticing that music and culture for him seemed to come to an end around 1992. What else is similar to 1992 – well, a recession […]


President Obama remarks on the economy

   Speech by President Barack Obama www.whitehouse.gov I’ve just finished a candid and productive meeting with the CEOs of 12 of our nation’s largest financial institutions. I asked them to come to Washington today – at the end of this difficult year for their industry, but also for the economy – to discuss where we’ve […]


Economic issues for average Virginians bad, and going to get worse

Staff Report Struggles to date for average Virginians since the start of the recession in December 2007 are “just the tip of the iceberg,” said Michael Cassidy, the executive director of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, which released a report today detailing the present and near-term future impacts of the economic downturn on workers […]


Focus | Howell: ‘Get back to our core values’

Story by Chris Graham It’s like the dog that barks at cars passing by on the street. “One stopped. We got it. What do we do with it now?” House Speaker Bill Howell quipped, referring to the special prize that Virginia Republicans get for winning the Nov. 3 state elections – in the form of […]


Kaine: 5,900 jobs created, saved through stimulus

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine noted today that state agencies have reported more than 5,900 jobs created or saved from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds flowing through the State Treasury. To date, more than $5 billion in ARRA contracts, grants and loans have been awarded in Virginia, with more than half in the form of […]


Unemployment – and underemployment

More than 11 million Americans are out of work, another 8 million are in search of full-time work but are currently working part-time, and yet another 1.9 million are known to be out of work but aren’t otherwise accounted for in what we refer to as the national unemployment rate. Sobering news, indeed, from the […]


Economic immunity: Are the Valley and Central Virginia recession-proof?

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Shenandoah Valley is recession-proof. Charlottesville is recession-proof. I’ve heard people say this for years. As the argument goes, the local economies have two big things going for them – major universities and agriculture. Kids still go to school in recessions. And kids and everybody else still eat in recessions. […]