Let Cities and Counties Govern Themselves
It is time to end the "Dillion Rule" in Virginia. Local government should not have to lobby the Virginia state legislature to have simple task down. Virginia is a unique mix of rural and urban areas which all have its own set of challenges. It's time to bring power back to local government and ending the Dillon Rule will make this happen.
Workers deserve a living wage
The cost of goods and services continue to rise as wages remain stagnant for workers. The minimum wage is not a "starter wage" as it's opponents like to characterize it as. It is a poverty wage which keeps too many workers having to work multiple jobs just to survive. Often times having to rely on high-interest payday loans to make ends meet. Workers should be able to make enough at one full-time job to survive and the state of Virginia should not make it impossible for localities to raise their minimum wages.
End Cash Bail
Cash bail hurts the poor and working poor the most. Often times people sit in jail awaiting sometimes years to be charged and have a trial because they are too poor to get out of jail. What's worse is that if someone can get bail through a bail bondsman and the charges are dropped the person still is in debt to the bail bondsman. If a person is not deemed a threat to the public then a phone call and/or mail notice for them to go to court is enough. It's time to stop debtors prisons in Virginia.
Single Payer Healthcare
We need FULL Medicaid Expansion / Single Payer healthcare in Virginia. The cost savings alone if more than enough reason to get away from the private insurance market. In the richest country on earth, it is ridiculous that we have the health care system that we do. The Affordable Care Act did a lot of good but it still left care providing in the hands of private insurance companies that raise rates every year. Medicaid is the largest healthcare provider in the United States and it operates at a lower overhead cost. This will relieve a lot of burden on local governments and employers as they will not have to pay high private insurance cost. Healthcare is a human right and it's past time to stop letting private insurance companies dictate the kind of care people deserve.