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Wednesday News: Jon Ossoff Sooo Close (But No Cigar); Huge Win in PW County; Gillespie Will Always Be “Enron Ed”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 19.

  • Video: “Spicey” provides yet more material for SNL, this time on the “armada”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDS89HC8gWI

  • Delegate Lopez’s Statement on the MWAA Decision to Raise Wages at Regional Airports

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) board voted to raise the wages of around 5,000 airport workers, including contract workers. Last week, twenty-two Northern Virginia legislators sent a letter to the Board requesting that they raise wages for these employees.

    Delegate Lopez, the organizer of the letter, reacted to the decision by MWAA, “While this is a positive step in the right direction, we need to keep pushing for a living wage. Our constituents who work at these airports are often forced to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Virginians who work full time should not be living in poverty.”

  • Governor McAuliffe and Mayor Bowser Joint Statement on MWAA Vote to Increase Worker Wages

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released the following statement following the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s vote to increase compensation for contract workers at National and Washington Dulles Airports:

    “We applaud MWAA for voting to increase wages for contracted workers at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. Just as low wages for some can affect the entire region, so can higher wages. When workers make a sustainable living, they are better able to support their families and they can better support our economies through local spending. In addition, by increasing wages for over 4,500 employees, MWAA will help reduce turnover rates and ensure that our airports are doing more to retain experienced employees who are familiar with critical airport safety procedures. Today’s vote will ensure that MWAA can fulfill its mission of operating safe, sustainable airports for the entire region.”