This morning, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine visited several small businesses in the Mount Vernon area. During the tour, Kaine heard from small business owners about the challenges they face and shared his strategies to strengthen the economy and create jobs. Kaine also outlined his Virginia-based approach to level the playing field for small businesses through investments in infrastructure and reforming and simplifying the tax code.
"To strengthen our economy we need to pursue strategies to help small businesses thrive," said Kaine. "All our small businesses have real similarities in the hard work they and their families put in, and what they need from Washington is for folks to put aside partisanship to find common sense solutions to move our economy forward. From my discussions with business owners here and across the state, it's clear they don't want people who will fight partisan battles. They want someone with a track record of finding common ground."
At the Sherwood Hall Farmer's Market, Kaine highlighted the importance of small farmers to the Virginia economy, noting agriculture and forestry is still the top industry in the Commonwealth. Throughout the tour, Kaine also discussed his workforce development agenda, "Investing in Our Workers," which emphasizes the need for career and technical education along with expanded and improved Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum to stay competitive in the global economy.
While visiting Hollin Hall Automotive, Kaine chatted with the Harvey family, including Ruth Ann Harvey who has owned the business for 51 years. In addition, Kaine visited Hollin Hall Pastry Shop and the Variety Store, where he talked about the necessity of fiscal responsibility and political balance, contrasting his record with that of his opponent, George Allen. While in office, Kaine cut more than $5 billion in state spending and Governing magazine named Virginia the "Best Managed State." As senator, Allen voted to raise the debt ceiling four times without corresponding cuts and voted to add more than $3 trillion to the national debt.
"As mayor, I worked with the small business community in Richmond to help them get stronger," said Kaine. "We won accolades for being a great city for business and an improving city for business. Then, when I was governor, we were Forbes' 'Best State for Business' all four years and we did that by focusing on policies that enabled small businesses to thrive."
Over the past 18 months, Kaine has traveled across the Commonwealth visiting small businesses and meeting with groups to discuss the challenges facing our economy and share his approach to creating jobs.