Like everything else in Virginia Politics, the budget process appears complicated but is actually easy to comprehend when explained in a simple way. That’s what this blog is for. Virginia’s budget process in terms everyone understands.
Whether your a lobbyist, community organizer, or just a concerned citizen, keeping up with current events is a crucial component of advocacy. It’s especially difficult to keep up with state legislation given the shear volume of bills that come through in a short amount of time. Luckily, the public can access a variety of online tools and resources that help demystify state politics and the policy-making process.
So for our first advocacy blog of this season, we present to you a guide for staying informed.
Democrats might point to the results in the House of Representatives to say that last night was a good night. Republicans might point to the results in the Senate and say the exact same thing. But regardless of your party label (or lack thereof), if you’re a young voter in Virginia, last night was a GREAT night. A higher percentage of young voters from the 2016 presidential election came back out to vote in a midterm election than did the state’s voters as a whole.
The state’s steadying disinvestment is one of the leading causes of the rising cost of public higher education in Virginia. This decline has resulted in shifting the responsibility for education-related costs at public institutions to students and their families, and sometimes causing them to struggle to meet their tuition needs without taking on large amounts of student debt...
Voting may seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. This election-- like every other one-- is constantly called “the most important election of our lifetime.” It’s certainly true that every election plays a vital role in our everyday lives, but you don’t let the pressure sway you from participating. Here’s everything you need to know about voting in Virginia…
How do we know your vote matters in Virginia? Our Elections are ALWAYS close.
What’s the difference between a voter and a nonvoter? A voter’s voice counts more.
The midterm elections are less than a month away, and, like every election, the stakes are high. Despite some positive efforts, a lot of issues plaguing our nation seem stuck. This problem may be the result of low voter turnout…
Student debt is currently one of the major focal points in the larger conversation about the cost of college. To make college more accessible, students and their families have relied on loans to help finance their educations leading to what is now being described as the “student debt crisis”. At $1.5 trillion, student loan debt is now the second-largest source of consumer debt, behind home mortgages, surpassing credit card debt in the United States. The average bachelor’s degree graduate at one of Virginia’s four-year public institutions will walk away with approximately $30,000 in student loans. As startling as these number are, they do not tell the whole story of student loans or the student debt crisis.