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Virginia Organizing, VPLC release report on predatory lending

Virginia Organizing and Virginia Poverty Law Center released a predatory lending report showing the negative effect of high interest, short-term loans.

Governor McAuliffe recognizes ObamaCare enrollment assisters

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that more than 4,000 Virginians received help with Federal Market applications during the first two weeks of the open enrollment period,

McAuliffe kicks off Virginia ObamaCare open enrollment

Gov. Terry McAuliffe kicked off this year’s open enrollment for the Federal Marketplace, promising to take an aggressive role in helping eligible Virginians sign up for health insurance.

Virginia receives $9.3 million grant to help Virginians access health coverage

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of only four states to have been awarded a $9.3 million federal grant to hire more than 100 enrollment assisters who will help state residents sign up on the Federal Marketplace for health insurance starting November 15.

New DoD Military Lending Act rules will protect troops from predatory lending

The Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending coalition applauded the Department of Defense for new proposed rules to protect service members from predatory lending practices.

Virginia Poverty Law Center launches new initiative to fight hunger

With funding from the Food Research and Action Center, the Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched a new initiative to fight hunger in the Commonwealth – Virginia Hunger Solutions. VPLC’s work in this area will be led by LaTonya Reed, public benefits staff attorney at the Center.

Jill Hanken: Ryan budget proposal is an outrage

The health and well being of low and middle income Americans is being threatened by the Budget Resolution proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). It would slash income and opportunity for millions of regular American families while shifting trillions of dollars to the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Will your elderly relatives need Medicaid for their […]

Push on to limit interest rates on payday, car-title loans

Former Gov. Tim Kaine signed a much-trumpeted reform of payday lending in 2008, but loopholes in the industry-written law were quickly exploited by lenders, who have since moved on to other high-interest loan products that have proven to be highly marketable in the midst of the ongoing economic slowdown. Staunton City Councilman Bruce Elder led […]

The right to vote

Groups urge Kaine to restore voting rights for ex-felons Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Ten Virginia civil-rights and faith-based groups have joined together to ask Gov. Tim Kaine to issue an executive order that would restore voting rights to most or all of Virginia’s 300,000 individuals who are being denied the right to vote because […]

An open letter to Gov. Kaine

Dear Gov. Kaine, As your term as governor comes to an end, the focus in Virginia turns to the election to select your successor. As you reminisce on your achievements as governor of Virginia, you will find that you earned a rightful place in the history of Virginia as a overnor who has left a […]

Jay Speer | “Let them eat cake”

This is what is seems some legislators have been telling victims of predatory lending for years. Or put another way, if we take away payday and car title loans at 350 percent interest, where else will these people turn for help? Should we just “Let them eat cake”? Or are there other solutions?

Jill Hanken | Will Congress take up a health-care solution?

As we recognize “Cover the Uninsured Week,” we can note the ever-increasing number of Americans who don’t have health insurance as well as those who can’t afford the spiraling costs of health insurance premiums and required out-of-pocket expenses. The average health insurance premiums for family coverage have skyrocketed 90 percent since 2000, leaving millions of […]

Harrisonburg: Attorney honored for advocacy work

Staff Report Harrisonburg attorney Tom Domonoske was recently named as one of the first two recipients of the John Kent Shumate Jr. Advocate of the Year Award given out by the Virginia Poverty Law Center. Domonoske, a nationally-recognized lawyer in auto-sales fraud cases, was honored for his work with Blue Ridge Legal Services. Domonoske has […]