Kaine, Warner call for minimum wage hike in Virginia, other pro-worker reforms

Virginia’s U.S. senators believe the state’s lawmakers should pass pro-worker policies long blocked by Republicans now that Virginia Democrats have finally won unified control of the state General Assembly.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats, stopped short of calling for a repeal of the state’s right-to-work law, one of the top demands of unions and other progressive activists around Virginia. But the former Virginia governors are urging representatives in Richmond to embrace some reforms and ensure the state is no longer rated among the worst for workers in the entire country.

“We want to stay the number one state for business, but we also need to think about our workforce,” Kaine said during a roundtable convened by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Monday. “I’m not a capitalist, I’m a human capitalist. I believe capital should serve our talent rather than vice versa.”

Kaine believes there is plenty of “pent up demand” for policies to address…

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