The Virginia House of Delegates Commerce and Labor Subcommittee effectively killed four bills that would have raised the minimum wage in Virginia, and one bill that would have guaranteed paid sick leave for employees of certain businesses. This was one in a series of party-line votes. Northern Virginia lawmakers Ken Plum, Paul Krizek, Mark Levine, Alfonso Lopez and Marcus Simon authored the bills in question.
“Virginians deserve to go to work and be able to support their families by earning a livable wage and being able to take care of themselves and their families when they’re sick,” said Del. Jeion Ward of Hampton, a member of the subcommittee.