A newly launched effort to urge Virginia business owners to pay a living wage

WORKFORCE | Two Virginia groups, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Theological Seminary, have launched an effort to encourage Alexandria businesses to pay their workers a living wage instead of the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. (WaPo, 7/16)

Kim Bobo, the Richmond-based executive director of the interfaith center, said it’s nearly impossible for individuals paid $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum wage that is required in Virginia, to support themselves — much less a family — in the expensive Washington suburbs.

“Over time, we can help raise the floor in Richmond, Alexandria and hopefully other communities across the state,” Bobo said Monday morning at a kickoff event where three organizations in Alexandria — the seminary, yarn retailer Fibre Space and federal contractor Business Management Associates — were certified.

IMMIGRATION‘They are our neighbors’: Activists decry recent ICE arrests in Northwest D.C. (WaPo, 7/16)

– At the end of the month, DC residents receiving SNAP benefits may be unable to access local farmer’s markets due to the only USDA-authorized service with the capability to process mobile SNAP payments ending its service. (WAMU, 7/16)

– Opinion: Expanding SNAP Work Requirements is a Ticket to Poor Health (CivilEats, 7/16)

HOUSING | A new online platform, Imby Community, wants to more easily connect developers to the community their projects will impact. (BisNow, 7/16)

PUBLIC SAFETYResidents Say DC Water Didn’t Communicate Boil-Water Advisory Quickly Or Broadly Enough (DCist, 7/17)

A look at DC’s history of All-Star games.

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