WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 10 JULY 2019: Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) today issued the following statement regarding CNBC’s announcement that Virginia was ranked first in the network’s list of “America’s Top States for Business in 2019”:
"All Virginians should take enormous pride in today’s announcement that the Commonwealth has returned to the top of CNBC’s rankings of the best states for business. The General Assembly’s insistence on sound fiscal policies, the McDonnell Administration’s regulatory reform agenda, the workforce initiatives championed by the Board of Workforce Development, and the team at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership have all contributed to this highly sought status.
"However, we cannot afford to be complacent or sanguine about our prospects for the future. The predominance of Right-to-Work states among the top ten in the rankings is telling and our status as a Right-to-Work state clearly bolsters our position. California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York are all mired in the lower half of the list, and all have adopted the Democrats’ $15 minimum wage scheme.
“November’s elections will determine whether Virginia continues to compete for the highest ranking by retaining Republican majorities in the General Assembly, or finds itself mired among those states struggling to be even competitive by enacting job-killing Democrat policies.
“As Senate Majority Leader, I can guarantee Virginia will continue to champion economic development and job creation as long as there are Republican majorities in the House and Senate.”