The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the pervasive inequities in our systems and disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities when it comes to education, minority-owned businesses, housing and health care. Terry’s plan will rebuild our economy again so that all Virginians can prosper.
As Governor, Terry will work to keep Virginians safely back at work and in schools, rebuild our thriving network of small businesses, and support our workforce with access to paid sick days, COVID-19 vaccines, affordable child care and hazard pay.
He will also make critical investments in building and training the workforce of the future and ensuring that people of all ages have the skills they need to be successful in the jobs of tomorrow.
Terry will achieve this through targeted investments in workforce training and development, partnering with businesses and our educational institutions to re-skill and retrain Virginians, and reimagining our K12 education system so that every child has access to a world-class education and is workforce ready upon graduation.
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry inherited a large budget deficit while facing the effects of the Great Recession sequestration. Despite these challenges, he oversaw record economic growth, bringing 200,000 new jobs to Virginia.
He made historic progress training Virginians for high-demand careers and 21st Century jobs, promoting education and training for in-demand areas like advanced manufacturing, logistics, transportation, trades and construction, IT and health care. This allowed thousands of Virginians to take on high-paying jobs without a two- or four-year degree. At the end of his term, Terry left Virginia with more than a $100 million budget surplus.