Virginia Chamber of Commerce Statement on Governor Youngkin’s Minimum Wage Veto
March 28th, 2024

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Hannah Emerson

Today, Governor Youngkin vetoed Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1, which would have raised Virginia’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2026. Although Virginia’s economy has recovered strongly from the pandemic, surpassing pre-pandemic employment levels, not all regions of the Commonwealth have experienced equal economic growth. Raising the hourly minimum wage to $15 would have led to shuttered businesses and lost jobs, particularly in the areas most in need of strong economic growth and particularly for Virginia’s small businesses.

The Governor’s action to veto this wage increase helps to protect Virginia’s overall economic competitiveness and business climate. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce continues to support and advocate for policies which encourage quality education and the obtainment of workforce training skills leading to in-demand jobs. Such policies will allow all Virginians to earn higher wages, advance in their careers, and have long-term success.

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