Hero or Zero?
Welcome to Progress Virginia’s Zero or Hero, a weekly, unapologetically progressive take on this week’s heroes and zeros in Virginia politics. Check out this space every Friday, and Tweet us or post to our Facebook to nominate your own heroes and zeros.
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Hero: Minimum Wage Workers
Over Labor Day, minimum wage fast food employees like Anthony Robinson stood up for the right to join a union and to demand a livable wage. The minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25 and hasn’t been raised since 2009. All families deserve the right to live with dignity and provide for their families, and that just isn’t possible with a minimum wage of $7.25.
This November 7th, there’s an election – the Governor and the House of Delegates can dramatically influence economic justice and economic opportunity in this state. We’re pretty sure GOP candidate Ed Gillespie has never met a minimum wage worker in his life. Are you registered to vote?
Zero: Ed Gillespie and his tax plan
Gillespie’s tax plan is bad. Like really bad. It’s bad for you, it’s bad for me, it’s bad for families, and it’s bad for Virginia. Here are three reasons why it’s super bad.
- Gillespie’s tax plan is a giveaway to the super wealthy.
- Gillespie’s tax plan would force huge cuts to vital community services like public schools.
- Even fellow Republicans think Gillespie’s tax plan is a hot, hot mess.