Legislative Priorities

Education

  • Raise teachers’ salaries
  • Secure funding for new construction and much-needed improvements to existing schools
  • Fund universal pre-K programs for every child in Virginia
  • Increase overall state funding for education and push for a more equitable distribution of resources across the Commonwealth

Healthcare

  • Protect Medicaid expansion from Republican attacks
  • Increase transparency in pricing, both for prescription drugs and services
  • Support Community Health Centers that provide critical care in medically underserved areas

Economy/Jobs

  • Attract better-paying jobs so no one who works full-time struggles to make ends meet
  • Invest in critical infrastructure that companies need to do business more efficiently
  • Expand job training programs to help get people back to work

Workers’ Rights

  • Increase the minimum wage
  • Repeal Virginia’s Right to Work law
  • Crack down on employers who engage in wage theft and employee misclassification
  • Protect employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain

Women’s Rights

  • Support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
  • Fight for equal pay for equal work legislation
  • Protect a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to make her own healthcare decisions, and roll back existing barriers to access

Voting Rights

  • Repeal Virginia’s Voter ID law
  • Institute universal voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting
  • Expand early voting periods to give people greater flexibility in casting their ballots

Criminal Justice

  • Emphasize rehabilitation over incarceration
  • Fight to reform sentencing guidelines and change mandatory-minimum laws
  • End the school-to-prison pipeline that too often labels our children as criminals for life
  • Provide more resources for returning citizens to make it easier for them to reintegrate into society

Gun Violence

  • Institute universal background checks
  • Restrict access to military-style assault weapons
  • Bar violent criminals and domestic abusers from legally purchasing weapons and pass Extreme Risk Protective Order legislation (i.e., red flag laws)
  • Increase penalties on straw purchasers who sell weapons on the black market