RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Sunday, candidate for Governor, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced her Economic Recovery Plan.
McClellan’s plan to implement a strategy to build back a post-COVID economy that centers workers and small business owners that have suffered from the brunt of economic disparities brought on by the pandemic with a commitment to investing in Virginia-based companies as well as stabilizing and growing Virginia’s small, women and minority-owned businesses.
“Today, I am proposing a new plan to build back our economy equitably, putting workers and small businesses at the forefront so communities across the Commonwealth can revitalize and thrive. As we recover from the pandemic, we cannot retreat to the economy of the past that left workers and small businesses behind. As Governor, I will work with the Biden-Harris Administration to implement the “Build Back Better” agenda and make long-term progress in Virginia and directly address the unique challenges and inequities exposed by the COVID-19 crisis with investments in impacted communities and small, women, and minority-owned businesses.
My administration will build upon the work I’ve done in the legislature to establish a paid family and medical leave program statewide, paid sick days, extending and modernizing unemployment insurance, expanding worker rights, including collective bargaining, and expediting the transition to $15 minimum wage. We must root out inequities in workplaces, industries, and communities across the Commonwealth so that every Virgininan [sic] has a fair opportunity to succeed in a post-COVID economy and that will be my top priority as governor”Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) & Gubernatorial Candidate
McClellan’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan is outlined below.