I support raising the minimum and tipped wages, and support legislation to increase them here in Virginia. We also must acknowledge the thousands of Virginians who are currently seeking employment. I oppose efforts to roll back the social safety net that is so 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.
Great teachers are the key to our children’s success, which is why we must ensure that our teachers are paid competitive salaries that reflect our deep appreciation to these outstanding public servants. Too often our teachers are forced to “teach to the test,” which is why I strongly support the SOL reforms that were passed in the House of Delegates last year (HB930).
I oppose offshore drilling, and instead believe we should be increasing our investments in renewable energies. For example, Virginia has an incredible amount of untapped wind energy waiting to be harnessed. I support efforts to increase our renewable portfolio standard and incentives for meeting these goals, as well as mandatory energy efficiency standards for investor-owned electric utilities. Additionally, I support tax credits for individuals and businesses that install solar panels or small wind systems.
As a parent with children who attended our public schools and a son at Virginia Tech, this is an issue particularly important to me. I support a ban on assault weapons, magazine restrictions, and the reinstatement of “one-gun-a-month” in Virginia.
These gun control measures have the potential to save lives. Just as importantly, our mental health system must be re-evaluated to prevent future tragedies from occurring.
I strongly support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia to cover more than 400,000 uninsured Virginians. I was disappointed to see Speaker Howell rule the Governor’s veto of the Stanley Amendment out of order. It’s clear that this fight is not yet over - I am confident that Virginia can achieve Medicaid Expansion, and willl be steadfast in my support for this important program.
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I strongly support the rights of loving couples all across our great Commonwealth. I joined thousands of Virginians in celebrating back in February when a federal judge struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment on marriage. In addition to marriage equality, I support efforts to prevent workplace discrimination for LGBTQ and transgender Virginians.
I have served on the Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission, and am very familiar with our transit issues here in Northern Virginia. I believe paving more roads is not the long-term solution to our transportation problems. I was excited to see Metro’s Silver Line open recently, and will seek out ways in the General Assembly to incentivize use of public transportation and expand mass-transit opportunities.
It’s simple. A woman’s decisions regarding her reproductive health should be left between her and her doctor, and government has no business interfering in such a private matter. I oppose all measures that would limit reproductive freedom, and will work to expand health care access and coverage to thousands of women by expanding Medicaid in Virginia.