Paid family and medical leave is paramount if we want a more equitable Commonwealth. Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is sponsoring legislation designed to ensure that citizens have the leave they need to care for themselves or family members (HB 825). "Spending time with a dying relative, caring for a sick parent, or bonding with a newborn child should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthiest Virginians. Hardworking, middle class, Virginians, who play by rules, who have done everything right, deserve to spend time with their family like everyone else. I do not know many middle class families who can afford to go without a salary for three months—especially when they are needing to cover the costs of a newborn," Foy said.