FACT CHECK, FALSE: Virginia Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat Under Democrats’ Failed Leadership

FACT CHECK, FALSE: Virginia Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat Under Democrats’ Failed Leadership

August 12, 2021

“Joe Biden and the Democrats are the ones who have lifted up every small business here in Virginia and across this country,” Terry McAuliffe proudly stated at a “Build Back Better” campaign event in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday.

But many Virginia small businesses would beg to differ.

Thanks to Joe Biden and the Democrats’ wasteful stimulus package, rising inflation crisis, and labor shortage businesses across the state have struggled to stay afloat and “build back better” from the pandemic.

WTVR: Virginia dairy farm hoping for a miracle to keep their doors open

“In the last four months, every feed we purchase has doubled, fuel has gone from agricultural grade at $1.60, is now up over $3. Everything we’re buying is almost double,” Brittany Jones, who works at the farm, said.

The creamery also struggles to find large contracts for their milk. If the farm has to close, the members of the Jones family are set to lose their homes.

13News Now: Virginia mayors: unemployment benefits to blame for workforce shortage, restaurant closures

“One of our iconic restaurants, Mary’s had to close due to lack of people to work there,” [Mayor of Virginia Beach Bobby Dyer] said. “The blessing and the curse was the unemployment people were getting. People elected not to go back to work even though they had the opportunity.”

WTVR: Struggles to staff Virginia restaurants spark debate on unemployment: ‘Supply is stagnant’

“We were in a position where we had to shut down on some afternoons because we couldn’t handle the prepping and the service and the cooking,” [restaurant owner Brad Smallwood] explained. “We are now closed on Mondays.”

The Center Square: Report: Virginia is 10th worst state to start a new business

“[Virginia’s] five year business survival rate is one of the lowest, and the state ranks low in terms of industry variety and entrepreneurial activity,” Wallethub Analyst Jill Gonzalez told The Center Square. “Virginia also lacks human capital availability. In terms of costs, the state’s office space is not affordable, and labor costs are among the highest.”

Bottom line: The failed policies that Terry McAuliffe and his Democrat allies champion are crushing Virginia small businesses and making life harder for working families.

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