“Hardworking Virginians shouldn’t have to toil at two or even three jobs to support their families. It’s time we had a minimum wage that lifts Virginians out of poverty, while helping grow the economy.”
Gene believes that many Virginians deserve a much needed pay raise. That’s why he supports raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023. As someone who worked in a small family lumber business for many years, Gene knows that an increase in the minimum wage will help lift Virginia families out of poverty; and that research shows that raising the minimum wage benefits the economy by putting more money in consumers’ pockets. While limiting its impact on Virginia’s smallest employers, a minimum wage increase can be structured in a sensible way that creates a more stable workforce and does not cost jobs. Gene believes that a decent living wage gives dignity and honor to many hardworking Virginians who are often ignored and forgotten.