Today, former Virginia governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine held a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and leaders of innovative Virginia start up businesses. During the hour-long discussion, Kaine and Coons discussed a variety of issues of importance to the small and startup businesses which are responsible for most new jobs in our economy. The roundtable discussion was held at UberOffices in Rosslyn, a flexible office space for small and startup businesses in Northern Virginia.
"If I'm chosen to serve in the Senate, I'm going to promote growth strategies that focus on small businesses and startups," said Kaine. "When we talk about job creators it's often not the big guys, it's the startup and small businesses. To promote their success in the short term, we need more robust infrastructure investments that create jobs right away and raise the platform for economic success. Over the long term we need talent strategies that focus on things like education, workforce training, R &D, and immigration reform. Finally, we've got to have more balance with our fiscal issues and in our politics if we're going to tackle some of these tough challenges."
Kaine also shared his strategies for improving access to capital for small businesses and endorsed the bipartisan Startup Act 2.0 cosponsored by Coons. The Startup Act 2.0 will help spur the economy by helping move research to the marketplace more quickly, encouraging investments in startup companies, easing regulations to make it easier for small businesses to expand and create jobs, and giving American-educated, entrepreneurial immigrants the chance to remain in the U.S. to create jobs.
"I know Tim Kaine as someone who is a good husband, a good father, and a very experienced municipal and state leader," said Senator Coons. "Whether the topic is immigration or taxes and capital formation, whether it's innovation or health care, he is thorough. He's thoughtful. He's balanced. He's not an ideologue. He's somebody who comes at these real problems with a thoughtful solution. I think he would be a tremendous partner for all the different senators who are cosponsors of bills like the Startup Act 2.0, Republican and Democrat.
He is someone who would work hard for real solutions and we need more folks able and willing to carry the weight, to move the country forward, and to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I would be grateful if the people of Virginia would send me Tim Kaine."
Topics of the roundtable also included immigration reform, access to capital, and health care reforms that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses while maintaining their health care coverage. Kaine expressed his support for the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform that promotes border security while allowing the world's best and brightest to come to America, contribute to our economy, and create jobs.
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has held 90 economic roundtable discussions across the state with small business owners, veterans, women business leaders, Latino business owners, chambers of commerce and others.