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Dem Govs Get It Done: Under Gov. Northam, Virginia is CNBC’s #1 State for Business

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Today, CNBC’s 2021 ranking of America’s Top States for Business declared Virginia the best state for business in the country. Virginia is the only state to earn the top spot in back-to-back rankings.

Over eight years, Democratic Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam have made strategic investments in public schools and addressed inequities, including access to health care, education, the business environment, and the voting booth. “When you do the right thing for people, it’s not only right for them, but it’s good for business, and we’ve proven it,” said Gov. Northam.

Since public education and inclusiveness helped earn Virginia the top spot, Glenn Youngkin would be bad for business in the Commonwealth. Youngkin has threatened to defund public schools, amplified hateful social crusades, and promoted the “big lie” to roll back voting rights. But before Youngkin started bashing the pro-growth policies of Gov. Northam and Terry McAuliffe in this campaign, he praised their strong leadership and “struck the pose of an eager student wanting to learn from McAuliffe.”

When it comes to business, Youngkin certainly has a lesson to learn from the Democratic nominee. As governor, McAuliffe rebuilt Virginia after the Great Recession and created 200,000 good-paying jobs. Youngkin brags about “reigniting” Virginia’s economy but has no explanation for how he’ll do so.

“While Democratic governors continue to deliver bipartisan results for Virginia families, Glenn Youngkin threatens to stall the Commonwealth’s booming business economy by gutting public schools and promoting anti-women, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-voting rights, and anti-Medicaid expansion policies,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “Democrats like Governor Northam and Terry McAuliffe know Virginians benefit when we invest in public schools and foster a more inclusive community. As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, McAuliffe created 200,000 jobs and brought in billions in new capital. These rankings show Governor Northam is moving the state forward — and we look forward to electing Terry McAuliffe to continue this progress.”