Ralph Northam on Jobs
Strengthen workforce development and expand apprenticeships
I am committed to working to create more opportunities for Virginia workers to get a good job that empowers them to provide for their families and lead productive lives.
But bringing more jobs to Virginia is only half the battle. Too many of our
fellow Virginians are out of work or underemployed because they lack the skills they need to begin a long-term career. And too many of our businesses are struggling to fill high-paying positions because they just can't find people with the right skills
If we are going to make Virginia work better for everyone, strengthening our workforce development system and expanding access to registered apprenticeships are key.
During my campaign for Governor, I made connecting Virginians with
the skills they need to succeed in a new economy the centerpiece of my agenda. My plan is to pay tuition and fees for any Virginian who pursues a credential in a high-demand field, if they commit to at least one year of public service.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature
, Jan 16, 2018
Tiebreaker in favor of increasing the minimum wage
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam officially announced that he will run for governor in 2017: "In the two years I've been lieutenant governor, we've been able to make great strides," wrote Northam in an email to supporters. "We've expanded access to affordable
health care, created over 40,000 jobs and opened up pre-K to thousands of young Virginians. I've broken ties on Senate votes in favor of increasing the minimum wage, banning discrimination in the workplace and repealing the invasive ultrasound mandate."
Source: Washington Blade on 2017 Virginia governor's race
, Nov 17, 2015
Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 per hour
Legislative Summary: Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $9.25 per hour effective July 1, 2015, unless a higher minimum wage is required
by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Legislative Outcome:: Passed Senate 20-20 on Feb. 11, with tie-breaker vote by Lt. Governor Northam.
Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB590
, Feb 11, 2014
Page last updated: Mar 11, 2019