VA West
House Labor and Commerce Committee to Consider HB 395 Tomorrow Afternoon
House Bill 395, which would increase Virginia's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023 , was reported from subcommittee #1 to the full Committee on Labor and Commerce yesterday evening. The committee will be considering this bill tomorrow night, and we need you to voice your concern on how this bill will hurt our region's business community and their employees. Please share this email with your membership and ask them to contact the below Delegates serving on this committee.

Dear Delegate _____,
I write to you to request that you oppose House Bill 395, which would raise the Commonwealth's minimum wage to $15 per hour by year 2023.  HB 395 is set to come before you in the House Committee on Labor and Commerce on Thursday, January 30th. This is an issue that affects many of your constituents and I hope you will relay the impact these policies may have on our region’s businesses and employees to your fellow committee members. 
Proposals to raise the Commonwealth’s minimum wage could have a stifling effect on job growth and employment in our region.  The percentage of employees whom are currently paid at or below the minimum wage is small, but businesses that already pay their employees above the current minimum wage will inevitably see their cost of labor increase as the labor market is made artificially more expensive.  This will lead to increased automation in some sectors, downsizing, business migration to surrounding states, and higher prices for the goods and services we all consume.  In short, our region’s economy could be affected in a very negative way should these bills become law.
I believe a uniform, statewide minimum wage tied to the federal mandate is to the best benefit of our region and will prevent a downturn in our local economy.  I appreciate your consideration of this important issue, and I hope you will  oppose raising Virginia’s minimum wage--and HB 395 in specific--when these pieces of legislation come before you for a vote.

Your Name (First, Last)
Your Address

The following Delegates represent the broader VA West region and sit on the House Labor and Commerce Committee. Please use the link below to find the legislator who represents not only your home, but also your business.  Your correspondence will be given more serious consideration if you are a constituent of whom you contact.
Delegate Terry Kilgore
(804) 698-1001

Delegate Kathy Byron
(804) 698-1022

Delegate Danny Marshall
(804) 698-1014

Delegate Tony Wilt
(804) 698-1026

We encourage you to personalize your message and tailor it to your own experiences. Calling is always the best option, followed by sending an email. Please contact Terry at durkintr@gmail.com should you have any additional questions (email server is currently down, that is his personal email), and please contact your representative without delay.