Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Statement on Build Back Better

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Statement on Build Back Better

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2021

RICHMOND — Today, President Biden and Congressional leadership announced the final Build Back Better Act, which will deliver much needed relief for working families.

The Build Back Better Act includes historic investments in family friendly policies including affordable child care, free preschool, care for older Americans and people with disabilities, and an extension of the Child Tax Credit that has provided relief to millions of households.

“These programs will be transformative for Virginia families, and we want to take this moment to thank Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and our congressional delegation for their strong leadership on behalf of Virginia families,” said Kristina Hagen, Director of the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “These investments lay the foundation for further investments in our working families. That is why, with just five days left in the 2021 election cycle, we are leaning in on our full support for Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring for Attorney General, all of whom are running on a platform of fighting for and lifting up working families. Paid family medical leave, paid sick days, quality childcare and affordable eldercare are all on the ballot next Tuesday, November 2nd. We look forward to electing a family-friendly statewide ticket and majority in the House of Delegates.”

The Build Back Better framework announced this morning includes:

  • Universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high schools 100 years ago.
  • The largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most working American families more than half of their spending on child care.
  • Affordable, high-quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities in their homes, while supporting the workers who provide this care.
  • An extension to the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit, providing more than 35 million households with up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child.


Families in Virginia desperately need these policies and will benefit greatly from passage of the Build Back Better Act. For too long, we have failed to invest in family friendly policies, leaving working people to pick up the pieces.

The Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring for Attorney General earlier this year based on their strong commitment to fighting for policies that lift up working families like paid family and medical leave.

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Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches October GOTV Storybook

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches October GOTV Storybook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2021

~ Special edition features candidate stories from across Virginia ~

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy (VA CFFE) launched its October Storybook. Every month, VA CFFE publishes stories of working Virginians, small business owners, healthcare providers and patient advocates from every corner of the Commonwealth to highlight the need for a statewide paid family and medical leave program in Virginia.

This month’s special “Get Out The Vote” edition features candidate experiences from across Virginia, emphasizing the reality that every Virginian has a story that reflects just how critical paid family and medical leave is. As Greg Sargent wrote in the Washington Post yesterday, paid leave is a central issue in these elections, in part because it is so relevant in the lives of voters and candidates alike.

“Family-friendly policies like paid family and medical leave are on the ballot this November,” said Kristina Hagen, Director of the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginians have a choice. Do we want to elect leaders who will address the many cracks in our system that the pandemic has laid bare by passing policies like paid family and medical leave? Or, do we elect leaders who will continue to put the interests of the wealthy ahead of hardworking families?”

Each of the stories in the October Storybook highlights the consequences working Virginians and families face because of the absence of a statewide paid family and medical leave policy. This month’s stories include:

  • A welcome from Dorothy McAuliffe, Chair of the VA CFFE Paid Leave Advisory Board
  • Del. Candi King, HD02
  • Bridgette Craighead, HD09
  • Del. Wendy Gooditis, HD10
  • Del. Sam Rasoul, HD11
  • Del. Chris Hurst, HD12
  • Del. Danica Roem, HD13
  • Del. Elizabeth Guzman, HD31
  • Michelle Maldonado, HD50
  • Del. Luke Torian, HD52
  • Sara Ratcliffe, HD58
  • Del. Lashrecse Aird, HD63
  • Del. Karrie Delaney, HD67
  • Del. Delores McQuinn, HD70
  • Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, HD72
  • Del. Alex Askew, HD85
  • Del. Jay Jones, HD89
  • Del. Martha Mugler, HD91
  • Dr. Mark Downey, HD96
  • Dr. Ella Webster, HD98

This is VA CFFE’s second candidate storybook. The June Storybook featured :

  • Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor
  • Del. Hala Ayala, candidate for LG
  • AG Mark Herring, candidate for AG
  • Derek Kitts, HD07
  • Del. Kelly Fowler, HD21
  • Debra Gardner, HD27
  • Del. Kathleen Murphy, HD34
  • Del. Dan Helmer. HD40
  • Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, HD45
  • Del. Alfonso Lopez, HD49
  • Briana Sewell, HD51
  • Rachel Levy, HD55
  • Blakely Lockhart, HD56
  • Dr Ben Moses, HD59
  • Caitlin Coakley, HD65
  • Katie Sponsler, HD66
  • Irene Shin, HD86
  • Del. Suhas Subramanyam, HD87
  • Del. Mike Mullin, HD93
  • Del, Shelly Simonds, HD94
  • Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, HD95

For more information about the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, please visit http://www.familyfriendlyeconomyva.org.

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Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children, Save the Children Action Network Launch September Storybook

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children, Save the Children Action Network Launch September Storybook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021

Stories Highlight the Need to Pass the Build Back Better Act, Including Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical, Extending the Expanded Child Tax Credit, and Investments in Child Care

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children and Save the Children Action Network launched their September Storybook. The organizations released the following statements:

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy

“For too long, Virginia families have struggled in the absence of paid leave and affordable childcare. The temporarily expanded child tax credit has relieved some of that burden, allowing families to catch up on bills as we emerge from the pandemic. We need to extend this tax credit and finally enact paid leave for all. These stories clearly demonstrate that the urgency of this moment cannot be overstated — families across the Commonwealth need Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act and make sure policies like paid leave and childcare investments are included.”  

Voices for Virginia’s Children

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to put families first by passing the Build Back Better plan. The gaps in our system have exposed that families need the total package—child care, paid leave and economic supports—to survive challenging times. Our leaders can demonstrate that they are hearing these stories from working families and responding to their needs by supporting these issues in state and federal recovery plans.”

Save the Children Action Network

“Right now Congress is debating legislation, called the Build Back Better bill, that is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s kids.  Save the Children Action Network is thrilled to be partnering with VA’s Family Friendly Economy to make sure these important first-hand stories about child care challenges are heard.”

Each of the stories in the September Storybook highlights the consequences working Virginians and families face because they do not have access to paid family and medical leave or other core care infrastructure. These powerful stories illustrate the challenges many families face today and the positive difference a paid leave program could make for families across the Commonwealth — particularly for those with children in their care.

This month’s stories include:

  • Abida, Richmond
  • Afrikka, Chesterfield
  • Brandy, Rocky Mount
  • Chrischa, Virginia Beach
  • Christina, Chesterfield
  • Crystal, Rocky Mount
  • Danny, Richmond
  • Deanna, Richmond
  • Detron, Charlottesville
  • Dominique, Chesterfield
  • John, Virginia Beach
  • Lauren E., Richmond
  • Lauren S., Henrico
  • Megan, Moseley
  • Monica, Henrico
  • Sara, Chesterfield
  • Shannon, Chesterfield
  • Tashyra, Orange
  • Tylesha, Norfolk
  • Zashira, Roanoke

 

This is the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy’s sixth storybook. The April storybook is available here; the May storybook is available here; the June storybook is available here; the July storybook is available here; the August storybook is available here.

For more information about Voices for Virginia’s Children, visit https://vakids.org/.

For more information about Save the Children Action Network, visit https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/.

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