Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine concluded three days of Labor Day weekend events across the Commonwealth. Throughout the weekend, Kaine shared his Virginia-based strategies to develop the world's most talented workforce, create jobs, and strengthen the economy for the long term.
This morning, Kaine and U.S. Senator Mark Warner met with an enthusiastic crowd at the Buena Vista Democratic Committee Labor Day Breakfast before joining local supporters in the Buena Vista and Covington Labor Day parades. Kaine and Warner finished the weekend at Rep. Bobby Scott's Labor Day Cookout in Newport News this afternoon. Throughout the day, Kaine emphasized the importance of a balanced approach to the budget that includes both spending cuts and significant investments, rather than an all cuts approach that would devastate the economy.
"I don't believe slashing taxes for the wealthiest is enough to get the economy going. We tried that and it didn't work," said Kaine to the crowd in Buena Vista. "What we need to do is to be solid about the investments we make in small businesses and in infrastructure--our roads, bridges and railroads--workforce and education, as well as the new energy future in the industries of tomorrow."
At each event, Kaine also discussed his balanced approach and bipartisan record as governor, which helped keep Virginia moving forward even during the worst recession since the Great Depression. While in office, Kaine worked with members of both parties to cut spending while leaving room for important investments in key areas like infrastructure and education. During his term, Virginia was recognized as the best state to raise a child by Education Week and Forbes' "Best State for Business" all four years of his term.
"Virginians know we have got to get this budget balanced," said Kaine. "I had to make $5 billion in budget cuts, including my own pay, and I ended up leaving office with a smaller general fund than when I started. I know how to make cuts. But I also know very vividly that an all cuts approach would devastate our economy. It would devastate Medicare, devastate defense spending, and devastate things like Pell grants. If you are only cutting you're making a big mistake."
Earlier this weekend, Kaine met with University of Virginia Democrats in Charlottesville and stopped by tailgates on UVA's historic Lawn before attending the football game between the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond. On Sunday, Kaine and Warner attended the Acres of Democrats celebration at the New River Community College in Dublin and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Labor Day Dinner, where Kaine spoke to hundreds of supporters about the power of their grassroots efforts.
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has traveled across the Commonwealth to hear concerns from Virginia businesses and families and share his strategies to create jobs and strengthen the economy.