Charting Virginia’s path out of the Covid pandemic has been a priority of mine, and of our Caucus. From supporting small business to increasing funding for the Rebuild VA grant program, to implementing the G3 jobs training program, to helping constituents navigate the Virginia unemployment system, to ensuring a smooth, equitable, fast vaccination program, to making sure we get our kids back to school as soon as safely possible, we have been focused on rebuilding Virginia’s economy.
I am proud to have helped lead the way to Virginia raising the minimum wage. We have charted a path to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2026. We also must acknowledge the thousands of Virginians who are still seeking employment, especially due to the effects of COVID-19. I oppose efforts to roll back the social safety net that is vitally important to unemployed Virginians searching for work. We can grow our economy by expanding workforce training programs, increasing access to capital for small businesses, and creating incentives for small business development.
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