skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

VA lawmakers pass minimum wage increase, paid family leave

play audio
Play

Wednesday, March 6, 2024   

Virginia lawmakers have approved several bills in the final weeks of their session, including a minimum wage hike.

The current minimum wage is $12 an hour, but around 500,000 Virginians make that or less. It would increase to $15 an hour by 2026. The Center for Economic and Policy Research reported if the minimum wage had kept up with worker productivity, it would be more than $21 an hour.

Kelsey Cowger, press secretary for Progress Virginia, said the increase would help people afford the state's growing cost of living.

"The state actually released its own study that indicated that the cheapest place you can live in order to fit within the guidelines where you are only spending a third of your income on rent, you'd need to make $14.55," Cowger reported.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin and others oppose the bill, which they contended could lead to the demise of some restaurants and other small businesses. The legislation was expanded to include farmworkers, who often get poverty-level wages. If Youngkin vetoes the bill, Cowger feels the state could at least build off the bill by being more mindful of inflationary pressures on low-wage workers.

The General Assembly has also passed a paid family medical leave. It would provide private-sector employees with eight weeks of paid leave, and create a pooled fund to help them with costs while they're not working.

Like the minimum wage bill, it faces opposition from the governor but Cowger argued Virginia should have learned something about the need for family leave from the pandemic.

"We saw caregiving responsibilities -- that already kind of disproportionately fall on women and people of color -- we saw those get exacerbated," Cowger pointed out. "We saw people of color also disproportionately leaving the workforce, which leads to racial disparities in wealth."

Around 76% of Virginians do not have paid family medical leave through their jobs, a common trend across the U.S. And unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act is inaccessible to 61% of Virginia workers.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Workers can file safety or heat-related complaints at the Cal/OSHA office nearest their work site or by calling 866-924-9757. (Sculpies/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California has shattered heat records left and right this month and temperatures are forecast to be 10 degrees above normal this weekend, so the …


Environment

play sound

Ohio will receive more than $32 million in federal funding to help revive auto manufacturing and jobs in the state, specifically electric vehicle …

Environment

play sound

A court is soon expected to decide a Wyoming case between hunters and landowners which could affect public land access. When a group from Missouri …


Experts say addiction treatment outcomes are much better when a health care provider speaks the language and understands the culture of the patient. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

More than 85,000 people are admitted each year in New Jersey to treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction, and experts say language can be a …

Environment

play sound

Massachusetts will receive close to $1 billion in federal funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges. Lawmakers said it is the largest single bridge …

Researchers said children who live in poverty lose an additional two months of reading skills over the summer, with a lack of proper nutrition serving as a key factor. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Some North Dakota leaders believe healthy food is part of what is needed to help all kids achieve better outcomes and they hope low-income families si…

Health and Wellness

play sound

In the past year, the Colorado AgrAbility Project added four behavioral health specialists to help the state's agricultural producers, workers and …

Social Issues

play sound

The nonprofit Este Poder has a goal of helping more young people of color in rural east Texas exercise their right to vote. The organization holds …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021