From the Virginia House Dems:
Eight Things the GOP Quietly Killed Last Week
RICHMOND, Va. – In a series of unrecorded voice votes, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates last week killed the following legislation that would have improved life for Virginia’s students, seniors and working families.
- A bill to establish paid family leave in Virginia
- Three bills to raise the minimum wage in Virginia
- Two bills that would have helped borrowers re-finance student loans
- A bill that would have created a Student Loan Ombudsman to help students navigate the borrowing process
- A bill to crack down on child labor at tobacco farms
- A bill to create a refundable tax credit for low-income taxpayers
- A bill to study opportunities for green infrastructure investment
- A bill to reduce tolls on Dulles Greenway*
Meanwhile, Republicans passed an anti-worker wage bill that would bar agencies from requiring state contractors to pay their employees a prevailing wage. They also advanced a similar anti-worker bill that would apply to localities, as well as legislation that would protect companies from publicly disclosing the chemicals they use in fracking. The latter two bills are scheduled for a floor vote on Monday, Jan 30.
*Republicans killed this bill by failing to second the Democrat’s motion to report it.