Category: Budget and Tax Reform

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We strive to work towards a long-term solution that restores balance to the state’s budget and tax structure.

We do not support further budget cuts to vital services like education, transportation and public safety. When we cut our state’s infrastructure and services to the bone, it keeps our economy from moving forward.

Additionally, we support progressive tax reform. Virginia’s tax structure is “old and rusty” and is in need of modernization. Low- and middle-income families in Virginia pay a higher share of their income in state and local taxes than do the richest families. We are all making sacrifices in this financial climate and we should not be paying a higher percentage of our income to taxes than the wealthiest Americans.

Virginia has a regressive and unbalanced state tax structure that relies too much on sales taxes that disproportionately impact low and middle income families as well as an almost flat income tax in which not all taxpayers pay their fair share. This tax structure needs to be changed.

  • Federal Budget Rules Could Bring Automatic Social Security, Medicare Cuts

    Federal Budget Rules Could Bring Automatic Social Security, Medicare Cuts

    Published by Public News Service RICHMOND, Va. — New budget rules proposed for Congress could bring deep, automatic cuts to benefit programs for seniors that had been exempt from t ...

  • Stop Child Hunger

    Stop Child Hunger

    As a parent, I know how important it is for kids to have healthy food. Really, it is a no-brainer that kids shouldn’t have to go hungry, right? Not according to the U.S. House of R ...

  • State of the States Report 2015

    State of the States Report 2015

    Published by the Center for American Progress.  See also: Interactive: Restoring Shared Prosperity (TalkPoverty.org) State-by-state fact sheets In 2014, more than one in seven Amer ...

  • Virginia Organizing Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

    Virginia Organizing Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

    Richmond, Va.—Virginia Organizing Chairperson Ladelle McWhorter issued the following statement in response to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2016-2018 proposed budget: “Virgin ...

Federal Budget Rules Could Bring Automatic Social Security, Medicare Cuts

Federal Budget Rules Could Bring Automatic Social Security, Medicare Cuts

Published by Public News Service RICHMOND, Va. — New budget rules proposed for Congress could bring deep, automatic cuts to benefit programs for seniors that had been exempt from ...

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Stop Child Hunger

Stop Child Hunger

As a parent, I know how important it is for kids to have healthy food. Really, it is a no-brainer that kids shouldn’t have to go hungry, right? Not according to the U.S. House of ...

Read More »
State of the States Report 2015

State of the States Report 2015

Published by the Center for American Progress.  See also: Interactive: Restoring Shared Prosperity (TalkPoverty.org) State-by-state fact sheets In 2014, more than one in seven Ame ...

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Virginia Organizing Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

Virginia Organizing Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

Richmond, Va.—Virginia Organizing Chairperson Ladelle McWhorter issued the following statement in response to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2016-2018 proposed budget: “Virgi ...

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Your Federal Student Loans Just Got Easier to REPAYE

Your Federal Student Loans Just Got Easier to REPAYE

This article was published on Homeroom, the official blog of the Department of Education Beginning today, Federal Direct Loan borrowers can take advantage of a new repayment plan: ...

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End tax breaks for big corporations

End tax breaks for big corporations

Our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness recently sent out an email to let us know that Congress is negotiating a huge package of mostly corporate tax breaks that have expired—ba ...

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Healthy Compensation: Demanding Corporations Pay Their Taxes

Healthy Compensation: Demanding Corporations Pay Their Taxes

Originally posted in the Petersburg Progress-Index. It wasn’t until I fractured my hip that I realized I’d been physically compensating for my muscular dystrophy by putting more p ...

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Public Programs Lift Millions of Women and Children Out of Poverty

Public Programs Lift Millions of Women and Children Out of Poverty

Originally posted on the National Women's Law Center blog. Some members of Congress are putting public programs that are vital to women and families on the chopping block—despite ...

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Encourage Senator Warner to Stop Corporate Tax Loopholes!

Encourage Senator Warner to Stop Corporate Tax Loopholes!

Corporate lobbyists are working hard to make sure they pay as little tax as possible on profits they stash in offshore tax havens. U.S. Senator Mark Warner has previously proposed ...

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VA Women Would Benefit from $12 Minimum Wage

VA Women Would Benefit from $12 Minimum Wage

Listen to the audio version of this story at Public News Service.  RICHMOND, Va. - Momentum is building to raise the federal minimum wage, and a new analysis shows that working wo ...

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