Economy

The key to a thriving economy is jobs.

Rural Virginians deserve the same opportunities to work and live in their communities with a healthy economy. A healthy economy provides local jobs with a livable wage and benefits, affordable high-speed broadband in every household, a high-quality pK-12 education system, a clean environment, access to local affordable healthcare, and affordable housing.

To build a thriving economy, we need to repeal Right-to-Work, increase the minimum wage before 2026, include tipped workers and farmers in minimum wage, provide incentives for small business start-ups in rural communities, ensure equitable funding for rural schools, raise teacher pay to the national average, place a moratorium on new and expanded landfills and pipelines, ban single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable packing and distribution materials, provide incentives for healthcare providers to live and work in rural communities long-term, and provide affordable housing.

Trudy Berry

Trudy Berry