Strengthening our Economy


Trickle-down economics just doesn’t work.  Forty years of cutting tax rates for the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations has not led to widespread prosperity.  On the contrary, it has made a few people unimaginably rich, while diverting resources away from fixing serious problems and building real wealth.  Nowhere could this be more true than in Southwest Virginia.

I’ll continue to work with leaders around the region to:

  • Level the playing field for workers, local businesses and the community banks that lend to them
  • Expand broad band access, including support of public providers where appropriate
  • Bring both public and private investment to innovative manufacturers creating products that make us more resilient and productive
  • Focus investment and support on retaining and expanding existing businesses rather than subsidizing transient corporations
  • Expand workforce and technical training, closely connected to area businesses and employers
  • Foster and support entrepreneurship, especially among younger people
  • Reinvigorate anti-trust laws to reverse the extraordinary concentration of power held by a handful of giant corporations