As the CEO of the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Delegate James works tirelessly to bring quality jobs to Hampton Roads. He takes that experience to the House of Delegates where he is considered a leading voice on economic development. That is why the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has recognized him on several occasions. Delegate James has championed legislation to expand the Green Job Tax Credit, make it easier for small, women, and minority owned business to get loans, and help tourism projects benefit from tourism zones.
Delegate James is a strong supporter of Virginia teachers and children. He has worked across the aisle to reform the SOLs, so we have less tests and more critical thinking in our classrooms. He has also fought to bring Virginia teachers more in line with the national average for pay. However, there is still a lot more work to do.
Hampton Roads has some of the worst traffic in the country and it not only a problem for commuters, but it makes things dangerous in a disaster and hurts our ability at economic development.
Delegate James was proud to support the 2013 transportation bill, which makes a big step toward funding critical projects needed in our community. He has also worked with the Governor to ensure lower tolls on the Midtown tunnel. We should not be funding our roads on the backs of the working poor.
Virginia’s minimum wage is simply impossible to live on. It is well past time we raised the wage, so working families can afford to live. Raising the minimum wage will raise wages for everyone, so our economy works for all.
Virginia must expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It is irresponsible that we are sending our tax dollars to other states for their Medicaid program when thousands of Virginians could be benefiting from health care coverage.