Gov. Youngkin announces Operation Bold Blue Line

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced by email the launch of Operation Bold Blue Line.

The initiative hopes to help Law Enforcement combat violent crime in Virginia.

The plan will invest $13 million over the next two years in new group violence intervention efforts.

To combat staffing issues the Governor’s plan is to fix wage compression and increase funding for partnering community Police.

The plan includes provisions to prohibit partnering localities from defunding Police Departments.

Operation Bold Blue Line will also work to recruit officers from Virginia and the Nation in a $30 million homegrown recruitment effort and 8-week training academy.

The initiative hopes to disburse $75 million for new equipment and training as well.

The plan includes work with the Virginia Retirement System to ensure retired Law Enforcement retirees can collect benefits while working in new support roles.

Operation Bold Blue Line will also work to fund a Victim Witness Assistance Program to help Police and Prosecutors put violent criminals behind bars.

The Governor stood with Attorney General Jason Miyares, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle Sears and mayors, police chiefs and sheriffs from across Virginia while announcing the initiative.

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First Quarter General Fund Revenues Exceed Forecasts

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the General Fund revenue collections for September, the final month in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2023, exceeded budget estimates. September revenues reflected the nearly $900 million of tax rebates delivered to Virginians in recent weeks as a result of Governor Youngkin’s first budget. In addition to the tax rebate, year-to-date revenues reflect the repeal of the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST), which took effect in June.

Adjusting for these tax reductions, first quarter general fund revenues were up 7.6 percent, and 10.7 percent in September, year-over-year.

“Adjusted for the impacts of planned policy actions, including the historic tax rebates of nearly $900 million recently delivered to Virginians, September revenue collection increased more than 10 percent compared to a year ago,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “September is a typically strong month for revenues, and this year was consistent with that precedent. At the same time, economic data remains mixed, the job market shows stability but the persistent inflation from misguided efforts in Washington continues to be the silent thief stealing more and more from the paychecks of hardworking Virginians.”

“First quarter collections exceeded budgeted revenues by more than $500 million reflecting the continued strength in Virginia jobs and wages. Consumers are continuing to spend, and estimated payments for nonwithholding income were consistent with last year’s pace.” said Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings. “However, continued high inflation and rapidly rising interest rates are beginning to impact some key economic indicators, and the Administration is continuously monitoring other metrics which provide further caution for the current outlook for our economy. As we begin the annual revenue forecasting process for the budget to be delivered by the Governor in December, we will continue working with JABE and GACRE to deliver a forecast that will be the basis for a fiscally sound budget”

For the month, payroll withholding increased by 0.3 percent (11.0 percent adjustment for the timing of deposit days). Wage growth and a strong labor market drove growth in payroll withholding. There were 128,000 more Virginians employed in August 2022 than there were in August 2021, an increase of 3.1 percent year-over-year. Virginia, however, has yet to recover more than 118,000 jobs that were lost during the pandemic (now at 97.2 percent of pre-pandemic levels) while our key competitor states have all exceeded pre-pandemic employment levels.

The full September 2022 revenue report is available here.

 

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Virginia opens KAPS program for unclaimed property

Governor Youngkin announced through an email that the Virginia Department of the Treasury Unclaimed Property Division has launched the new KAPS program.

Virginia’s consumer protection law requires businesses to turn unclaimed property over to the state, relieving the business of the financial liability.

Virginia holds that property until the rightful owner or heir files a claim.

Unclaimed property can be securities, investments, unpaid wages, money from insurance policies and other funds.

The KAPS program is offered as an easy way to manage the administration, reporting and claiming of unclaimed property.

The webpage makes it easier for citizens to identify and more quickly claim their unclaimed property.

Access more information at the Department of the Treasury’s website check for a claim here.

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Gov. Youngkin unveils his 2022 Virginia Energy Plan

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin unveiled his 2022 Virginia Energy Plan.

While in Lynchburg Oct. 3 Governor Youngkin reveled his intentions for energy sustainability in Virginia.

The Plan focuses on an all of the above approach that harnesses nuclear, natural gas, renewable and new energy sources to satisfy the needs of the state.

The Governor’s plan outlines an increase in nuclear energy as an objective to make Virginia the world’s leading nuclear innovation hub.

Two of the nation’s largest nuclear manufacturing companies are located in  Lynchburg.

Those manufactures offer exciting opportunities to research and develop cutting edge nuclear generation technologies that will create new high paying jobs in the state while delivering reliable energy to Virginians according to House Commerce and Energy Chair Delegate Kathy Byron.

The Governor’s plan does include actions to protect our natural resources including farmland, rivers and streams.

The protections of those natural resources are not specified in the email.

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Gov. Youngkin donates his third quarter salary

Governor Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne have announced by email who will receive the Governor’s third quarter salary.

This portion of the Governor’s salary will go to G3 Community Services.

G3 Community Services is a non-profit veteran run organization that provides student mentorship and assistance to veterans.

The organization helps veterans who are transitioning from military to the civilian workforce.

G3 Community Services also mentors students through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities.

First Lady Youngkin called it heartwarming to see the good being done through G3 Community Services.

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Governor Youngkin’s K-12 Digital Mapping Program Supports Best in Class Technology to Protect Virginia Schools

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced over 1,000 schools and 85 school divisions have participated in the K-12 Digital Mapping Program, originally announced on April 25, 2022. The Department of Criminal Justice Services’ (DCJS) Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS) is coordinating this first in the nation, top-down approach to protecting students and staff.

Virginia K–12 public schools who opt into the mapping program are required to share the digitized maps with local and state first responders to aid the response in the event of an emergency or crisis. Mass casualty events across the nation have underscored the importance of communication and collaboration with first responders prior to an incident. Accurate floor plans, high-resolution imagery, emergency response pre-planning, and true north gridded overlay in one map will enhance response time and eliminate confusion in a multi-agency response.

“Our children’s safety is the utmost priority and I’m pleased that my administration is taking key steps to enhance school safety. Virginia is the first state in the nation to execute a state initiative to standardize maps for all public schools.” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “New Jersey followed our lead by adopting this same approach and several other states are rushing to address this vital issue as well.”

“The goal is simple. We want to ensure that every public safety professional has access to the most up to date facility information in an emergency, because every second matters,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Robert Mosier.

“As a parent, former police officer and legislator, and now director of DCJS, I am honored to support our public schools in this manner” said Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services Jackson Miller. “DCJS is committed to strengthening and enhancing the collaboration between schools and first responders.”

Out of the $6.5 million dollars allocated for this unique program, $3,332,000 has been approved for schools to have their schools mapped with Collaborative Response Graphics® (CRGs®) technology. CRGs are simple visual communication and collaboration tools, usable under stress, to coordinate emergency response both outside and inside a building. CRGs enhance response time and improve command and control during an incident.

The Digital Mapping Program for Virginia K–12 Schools will fund up to $3,500 per public school. DCJS staff continues to work with local school divisions to answer questions and to facilitate the progress with the digital mapping. On August 15, 2022, DCJS staff held a webinar to discuss the digital mapping process. Here is a link to that webinar that details the mapping, application process, and reimbursement procedures: Digital Mapping Webinar

More information about the Digital Mapping Program for Virginia K–12 Schools can be found here.

 

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Governor Youngkin Announces Over $1.2 Million in Virginia Grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $1.2 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grant awards for four projects focused on innovative workforce development initiatives designed to expand talent pipelines in technology sectors, as well as foster entrepreneurial startups, business development and venture investment.

“GO Virginia allows us to invest in key projects that will enhance our economic growth by fostering workforce development and stimulating new business opportunities,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “These projects exemplify the innovative partnerships that GO Virginia grants were designed to promote, driving regional advancement and strengthening our Commonwealth.”

“These GO Virginia projects will increase workforce capacity while expanding economic growth through job creation and entrepreneurial startups,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Our regional partners have made great use of GO Virginia’s collaborative approach, and those partnerships will create prosperous avenues of innovative investment and strengthen both communities and economies across Virginia.”

“These projects will support and grow industry sectors that are vital to Virginia’s economic future,” said GO Virginia Board Chairman Nancy Agee. “These high-impact projects, endorsed by their respective regional councils, are designed to deliver results today and into the future.”

GO Virginia supports projects that focus on workforce development, cluster scaleup, startup ecosystems, and site and infrastructure development to encourage regional economic growth and diversification. In addition to the awarded GO Virginia funding, the four awarded projects leveraged an additional $745,000 in local and non-state funding.

Since the program’s inception in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 233 projects and awarded approximately $93.7 million to support regional economic development efforts. To learn more about the GO Virginia program, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/gova

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Gov. Youngkin signs bills giving Veterans tax deductions

Before a 9/11 commemorative Governor Glenn Youngkin signed two bills to reduce state income taxes for  Virginia’s Military and Veteran Communities.

The bills creates a state income tax deduction for military retirement income for Veterans 55 and older at a phased in rate of $10,000 in 2022, $20,000 in 2023, $30,000 in 2024 and up to $40,000 in 2025.

In an email from the Governor he called Veterans a great asset to the Commonwealth  and these bills help create incentives to military families to stay in the state.

Secretary of Veteran’s and  Defense Affairs Greg Crenshaw called the bills a step toward making Virginia one the best states in the country for the military and their families.

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Gov. Youngkin remembers Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II Governor Youngkin sent an email recalling the Monarch’s visits to Virginia. 

The Governor called her visits an important part of Virginia’s history.
The Governor went on to point out her steadfast compassion towards the United States during trying times such as following the September 11th attacks.
The Queen visited Virginia several times starting with the Jamestown anniversary in 1957.
In 1976 she would visit for the U.S. Bicentennial as well.
In 1991 she paid a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
The Queen’s last visit in 2007, to the Virginia General Assembly the 400th anniversary of Jamestown and then to Virginia Tech were particularly important and will never be forgotten in the Governor’s words.

Both President Biden and Governor Youngkin have ordered United States and Virginia flags to fly at half staff in Queen Elizabeth’s honor until sunset on the day of her interment.

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Youngkin accepting ideas for next energy plan

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the Virginia Department of Energy and his administration are accepting ideas and comments on the Commonwealth’s next energy plan.

Governor Young said he will have seven guiding principles to selecting a plan for his “all of the above” approach.

Those principles include affordability, reliability, capacity, competition, environmental stewardship, choice, and innovation.

A webinar will be held August 24th at 2 pm.

Participants may register online now.

Comments will be accepted through September 16th through the Virginia Town Hall, a stakeholder survey or emailing energyplan@energy.virginia.gov.

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