RICHMOND– Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are excited to work with Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and continue Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s development in this year’s General Assembly session.Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke of Hampton said Virginia produced more than 200,000 new tasks and has actually delighted in a” growing economy” under McAuliffe. “Virginians desire economic security,”Locke stated. “We must keep trends moving in the best instructions. It is incumbent upon us to ensure no Virginian is left behind.”She spoke at a telephone press conference during which the caucus detailed its agenda for the 2018 legislative session, which begins Wednesday. The program’s style is”constructing safe, secure communities. “Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, stated the Democrats plan to continue to press to expand Medicaid, the healthcare program for low-income individuals moneyed by the federal and state governments.Barker said that under Medicaid expansion, Virginia’s cost savings would outweigh the state
‘s share of the cost.Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, highlighted the Democrats’ commitment to improving conditions for working females and families by battling to close the gender pay gap and accomplish paid family leave.”Parents should never ever need to select between taking care of a sick child and making a day’s salaries,”Ebbin said.
“Access to paid family leave is not only the right thing to do– it makes great organisation sense.”Sens. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth and Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg highlighted problems like making sure quality education and ballot rights and decreasing
the incarceration recidivism rate. Lucas emphasized the accomplishment space for trainees of color and handicapped students. The Democrats said they prepare to combat for universal pre-K and 21st-century task training, giving more Virginia trainees the chance to succeed.Dance stated the Democrats will continue McAuliffe’s efforts to bring back voting rights to launched inmates who served their sentences. She also discussed executing “no excuse “absentee voting, especially for the elderly.
“Every Virginian needs to have an opportunity to succeed, regardless of mistakes they have made in the past,” Dance stated. “These people require to know their votes matter. Citizens should pick their politicians, not the other
method around.”The senators also went over strategies to reform psychological health and drug abuse treatment, mentioning long wait times. Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, stated Virginia must reform the system and guarantee quality, inexpensive services for
those who require assistance.”We need to do these things this year, and I am confident we will, “Barker said.By Deanna Davison/Capital News Service Capital News Service is a flagship program of VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture. Trainees taking part in the program provide state federal government protection for Virginia’s community newspapers and other media outlets, under
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