Tim Kaine on Jobs

Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor


Trump is "You're fired"; Hillary is "You're hired"

On the economy, there's a fundamental choice for the American electorate. Do you want a "you're hired" president in Hillary Clinton or do you want a "you're fired" president in Donald Trump? Hillary and I have a plan that's on the table that's a "you're hired" 5-point plan [for investment, wage fairness, and middle-class growth].

The Trump plan is a different plan. It's a "you're fired" plan. And there's two key elements to it. First, Donald Trump said wages are too high. And both Donald Trump & Mike Pence think we ought to eliminate the federal minimum wage. Mike Pence, when he was in Congress, voted against raising the minimum wage above $5.15. And he has been a one-man bulwark against minimum wage increases in Indiana.

The second component of their plan is massive tax breaks for the very top, trillions of dollars of tax breaks for people just like Donald Trump. Independent analysts say the Clinton plan would grow the economy by 10.5 million jobs. The Trump plan would cost 3.5 million jobs.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

VA had low unemployment rates during worst of recession

When I was governor, during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Virginia maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in America. We kept our AAA bond rating. We were named most business-friendly state, best managed state and best state to raise a child.

We cut billions from the state budget, while making critical investments in schools, roads and bridges. We worked with Democrats, Republicans and independents to get results.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

Close the gender pay gap

Tim has fought for policies that would help close the gender pay gap and ensure women are receiving equal pay for equal work. He's concerned by the adverse impact that wage discrimination continues to have on families and the U.S. economy by providing working families with less income to spend at local businesses and hurting their ability to save for retirement. In the Senate,
Source: Virginia 2012 Senate campaign website KaineForVA.com , Feb 29, 2012

Endorsed by Virginia AFL-CIO for US Senator

The Virginia AFL-CIO announced the unanimous endorsement of Kaine for US Senate. The Virginia AFL-CIO President stated, "Particularly during a time of economic distress, working men and women need a Senator who understands the very real challenges they face in their daily lives. Our endorsement of Tim Kaine is based upon his commitment on issues of top concern to Virginia's working families: creating jobs; investing in infrastructure and education; ensuring quality, affordable health care; and q improving the quality of life in our communities."

"My number one priority in the Senate will be creating good-paying jobs and ensuring fairness in our economy," said Tim Kaine. "In Virginia, we've worked hard to create an environment where business and labor work with, not against, each other, and I want to help facilitate that same partnership all across this country as a US Senator."

Source: Virginia AFL-CIO press release , Jan 29, 2012

Today's minimum wage is not enough to take care of a family

Our economy would not be what it is today without our outstanding workforce. Virginia is blessed with a deep talent pool--our high median income and low unemployment rate prove that fact. But, we can do even more to give our people and businesses the skills they need to succeed in today's competitive marketplace. I am working diligently on your directive that we streamline an overly complicated workforce training system. The continuous improvement of our human capital has to be our top economic development priority.

And we have to reward work. Today's minimum wage means that some Virginians work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, and earn less than $11,000. That is not enough to take care of a family, not enough to buy a home, not enough to afford health insurance. I look forward to working with you to make a change for the better for our working families by passing a fair increase in our minimum wage.

Source: 2007 State of the State address to Virginia Assembly , Jan 10, 2007

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