Jeff Staples for Virginia Senate
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will help lead us out of the politics of the past and into the solutions of the future .
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AKA Campaign Speech 9/14/2019

Posted by jeff4va@gmail.com on September 14, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Today, we are going to hear or are hearing from many about how great things are going in our Commonwealth Things are going good for some, not so much for most of us.

 

A recent study ranked Virginia as the worst state for workers.

It seems our minimum wage of $7.25 an hour for a full time employee only equates to 26% of a living wage needed for a family of four.

 

We ranked 49th in the country for worker protections. The Commonwealth has no provisions that require accommodations for pregnant workers, nor is family or sick leave required.

 

The so called “right to work” law is cited as keeping Virginia down to a 48th ranking in the right to organize.

 

If elected I will sponsor legislation in the State Senate to repeal the, calling it what it is, the right to work for less law.

 

Interestingly enough, Virginia was also recently ranked number 1 as the best state for business. I would say the scales, are definitely weighted in the business communities favor.

 

Healthcare in our Commonwealth could be much more affordable, for instance, Maryland has an “all payer” system where government and private insurers all pay the same rate. This dramatically cuts cost and Maryland as a result leads the nation in healthcare approval ratings. We look at the financial records and see countless contributions to our elected officials from hospitals, insurers and executives who have an interest in maintaining the status quo.

 

The “Virginia Way” has a lot to do with such inaction that affects the people that actually carry the financial taxation and economic burden of Virginia. A quick look at contributors to our State Legislators tells us why the people are not getting the attention that they deserve.

 

In Chesapeake and Norfolk, we pay taxes and elect people to represent us, instead, they give us dangerous fracked gas pipelines that go by our schools, homes, churches and businesses. They also hand out eviction notices to people in public housing who have very few options as to where to go and decimate the multi generational sense of community that was had.

 

Again, a look at the contributions reveal big donations to our legislators from the pipeline partners and builders. Contributions from developers, builders and those who put profit before people and their homes are likewise many, and great.

 

I could go on about toll roads, industries that intentionally prey upon the lower income folks and the seeming collusion between parties to keep certain seats in certain hands, but time is a concern.

 

I pledge to take no corporate money at all. I am Jeff Staples, I am an Independent Candidate for the 5th Va. Senate District and I want to work for you, the people.

 

 

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