Economists: There’s room for improvement in Virginia unemployment

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Economists say raising minimum wages doesn't result in job growth.

Unemployment numbers in Virginia aren’t too bad, but economists still say there’s room for improvement.

Unemployment is down in Virginia from 5.7 percent a year ago and is lower than the national rate (6.1 percent), according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May.

Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said he thinks Virginia needs continued growth in the labor market and he’s worried about what the government is doing to raise the cost of hiring.

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McAuliffe makes time for fundraisers, but not to respond on immigration

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.

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Unemployment numbers in Virginia paint an inaccurate picture

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia’s unemployment rate increased for the second month in a row in June, but while the numbers may be cause for concern, one economist says there’s more to the story.

Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported last week, up from 5.1 percent in May. Virginia is one of only 14 states in which unemployment rose in June, while the rate declined in 22 others. It stayed the same in the remaining 14 states.

But Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said the numbers reported by the Virginia Employment Commission reported are not a good indicator of the real economic situation. That’s because there’s such a high margin of error in the state rate — one percent, versus one-fifth of one percent for national unemployment numbers, Hall said.

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Liberal donors lead in super PAC contributions since ’13

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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Big-spending Democratic donors take the gold, silver and bronze when it comes to contributions to super PACs so far this election cycle.

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Risky business: Naming buildings after New Mexico politicians

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: A New Mexico state office building is named after a former governor who just got in big trouble with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked.

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As Virginians protest illegal immigration, Alexandria facilities house undocumented minors

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia is set up to help house undocumented minors, in addition to delinquent local youth.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Overlooking the cars just outside the nation’s capital from above Route 617 in Springfield, Virginians plan to protest on Friday over the federal government’s handling of the border crisis.
It is one of  many protests planned this weekend by people upset over the border surge.
But just four miles [...]

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