Northern Virginia’s economy is strong, but we know that not everyone is sharing in that prosperity.

Right now in Virginia, someone can work full-time and makes less than $15,000 a year. Compare that to the amount needed for a married couple with one child to live in Fairfax County—which is $58,394, according to MIT’s living wage calculator.

We must work together to push wages up for working people. That’s the last piece of the puzzle for Northern Virginia’s economy to thrive.

I am proud to have stood tall with labor leaders and members as they’ve organized for better pay and benefits. As your state Senator, I will be Northern Virginia’s lead organizer to make sure our laws are constantly seeking to improve the lives of working people.

That’s why I support:

  • Raising Virginia’s minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour.
  • Helping small business afford this transition with a living wage tax credit, paid for by reducing corporate welfare.
  • Making sure more economic development dollars go to workers, not just big multination businesses with well-connected lobbyists.
  • Supporting workforce training programs with guaranteed jobs upon completion.
  • Standing up for unions by repealing so-called “right-to-work” laws and actively working with movements to help earn better wages and benefits for workers.