Jill Vogel has a bold plan to restore liberty to Virginia. The Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor outlined much of that plan for the Hampton Roads Chamber on Tuesday October 24th. “I’m trying to break through and bring some attention to the Lieutenant Governor’s race because it does matter. As the President of the Senate, I will break important ties and work with both sides on key issues.”
Some of the key issues Vogel discussed with Chamber members included energy, healthcare, transportation, redistricting, higher education, the opioid crisis, and “making Virginia a well managed and competitive state”.
On the issue of Energy, Vogel spoke of her work with the Department of Energy. “I support infrastructure development, a natural gas burning pipeline. I support wind, solar and clean burning natural gas. To make Virginia a modern and competitive state, we need energy. We need energy to create jobs and to keep people from leaving Virginia.”
On Healthcare, “One in eight jobs is tied to healthcare. Healthcare has the biggest impact on business. You have to do everything to make healthcare more competitive, more affordable and more accessible. I support some reform of Certificate of Public Need (COPN). We need to graduate more people in Health Sciences, improve telehealth, and find more residency openings to keep Doctors in Virginia.”
On Transportation, Vogel supports revisiting the floor for the gas tax. She believes transportation funding should stay for transportation projects. “Smart Scale is making infinitely more progress. It is a real matrix on how to fund transportation, putting the money where it will do the most good. We also have to stop overbuilding.”
On Redistricting, Vogel says we need to take the politics out of drawing the district lines. This is making it difficult for the election workers and those who are elected to represent scattered districts.
On higher education, Vogel says we need to “make post secondary education more affordable. The cost has gone up 74% in the past 10 years. All these kids graduate saddled with debt. We are hopelessly behind the times. We need to get middle and high school students on track to jobs.” Vogel says she helped fix a major skills gap in her district by bringing the community college and a major employer together to develop and pay for curriculum for certifications to fill job openings.
On the opioid crisis, Vogel wants to invest in preventive services and re-entry services. “These people do not belong in jail. They are sick and need help.”
With 14 days left until the election, Vogel says she will work to “make Virginia become the most competitive, modern, best managed state. We need to offer the best tax incentives. Our regulatory and tax environment need to be improved to market Virginia as the best and most competitive state in the country. I will work to be the Goodwill Ambassador of competitiveness.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber works to be an impactful advocate for our members. We have invited each of the four major candidates for statewide office to address our members in a question and answer setting. Chamber President & CEO Bryan Stephens introduced Jill Vogel and stated “it is important that the business community makes informed decisions at the polls.