Gov. Youngkin signs the Virginia State budget

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced in an email the signing of the state budget for Virginia.

With the signing Youngkin says he delivers on his promise to provide tax relief for Virginia families.

In fact the budget includes the largest tax relief in the state’s history at $4 billion.

The tax relief includes eliminating the 1.5 percent grocery tax in 2023 and nearly doubles the standard deduction and offers a tax rebate for Virginians.

Other features of the budget include more relief for veterans over 55 as well as boosts for  education spending including raises for teachers.

The budget also includes law enforcement benefits and funds to reinvigorate state agencies.

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Gov. Youngkin dedicates Seven Bends State Park

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the official dedication of Seven Bends State Park.

The Governor was on hand to cut the ribbon on the park Tues. June 14 in Shenandoah County.

The Governor called the park a wonderful addition to the 41 Virginia State Parks.

Adding that the park provides additional access to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The Governor was joined by Senator Mark Obenshain and Woodstock Resident Virginia Speaker of the House Todd Gilbert.

The park consist of over 1,000 acres in the geographically unique Seven Bends area of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The park was amassed through several land donations from the town of Woodstock, Dr. James R. Myers and purchases of land from Massanutten Military Academy by the state.

Area resident Gilbert said at the ceremony that he is committed to state parks and understands the importance of working to further their mission.

Outdoor exploration at Seven Bends State Park continues to be very popular as nearly 84,000 visitors came to the park in 2021.

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Rockingham Cooperative invest $17 million into expansion

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin confirms that Rockingham Cooperative will invest nearly $17 million to upgrade and expand operations.

The funds will be used for the grain handling and feed manufacturing operations at the Dayton mill.

The mill was founded in 1921 in Rockingham County and already boasts over 5100 member farms form across 25 states.

Those farm members already enjoy revenues of nearly $130 million collectively using the mill services.

Through this new expansion the cooperative will add a number of jobs.

Rockingham Cooperative have committed to purchasing more than $11 million or 30,000 tons of Virginia grown soybeans, corn and barely over the next three years.

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Senate Intel Committee Members Urge Sanctions on Additional Putin Enablers

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) led bipartisan members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in urging the Biden administration to increase sanctions on enablers of Vladimir Putin’s regime amidst its unprovoked and illegal war in Ukraine.

 

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the senators wrote, “While many of the Putin regime’s top figures are already subject to United States, European, and other nations’ sanctions, we believe it is important that lower-tier enablers of the regime’s aggressive policies, including its militarists, propagandists, corrupt officials, public supporters, senior federal officials, and legislators, also be subject to a sanctions regime to ensure that they cannot continue to support Russia’s reprehensible aggression, yet benefit from assets, vacations, or educational opportunities in the West.”

 

Specifically, the senators urged the administration to take into account the list of 6,000 such Russian officials and regime enablers compiled by the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

 

Added the senators, “The goal of such sanctions should be to ensure that these individuals do not have access to assets in the United States or ability to travel to the U.S.; force them to leave their posts, thereby hollowing out the Putin regime’s capacity to continue its unjust war; and pressure such officials to denounce publicly Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the corruption of the Putin regime.”

 

In addition to Sens. Warner and Rubio, the letter was signed by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE).

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Governor Youngkin orders flags at half staff 5/31

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin has ordered Virginia flags to be flown at half staff today May 31.

This is in respect and memory of the lives lost and those injured on the anniversary of the Virginia Beach shooting at the Municipal Center.

It was on this date in 2019 that an employee of the Municipal Center opened fire on fellow employees.

The assault killed 12 and injured several.

The Virginia flag is to fly at half staff at all state and local buildings and grounds in Virginia.

The Virginia flag is to be flown at half staff until sunset today May 31.

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VA. creates a violent crime task force

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced in an email the creation of a violent crime task force in Virginia.

The task force will consist of an executive branch and Attorney General office officials to better align strategies to reduce violent crime across Virginia.

Officials plan to confer with law enforcement and local officials to carry out new innovative solutions to combat crime.

A comprehensive look at how to address the rise in violent crimes will be examined.

The hopes are to provide more law enforcement resources as well as create alternative and after school activities.

Hopes are to also address the fear witnesses have when it comes to failing to appear at a criminal hearing.

The task force will make recommendations for executive, administrative and legislative actions on an ongoing basis as well as report to the governor.

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Gov. Youngkin orders flags at half staff for Virginia Tech

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that he is exercising his right as Governor to lower United States and Virginia Flags.

The Governor has ordered all U.S. and VA. Flags to half staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow April 16.

The order is to commemorate and honor those who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech tragedy 15 years ago.

The flags are to be at half staff at all government buildings and grounds in the state.

32 people lost their lives at Virginia Tech in what was at the time the deadliest shooting in history on Apr. 16, 2007.

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Gov. Youngkin signs Sunday Hunting legislation

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin confirms that he signed a bill to allow Sunday hunting.

The law allows hunting on public land except within 200 yards from places of worship.

The legislation encourages Virginians to take full advantage of the many outdoor opportunities for hunters to enjoy their sport according to the Governor.

The Board of the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) acknowledged that sportspeople are a significant economic force that spends more than $1.5 billion, support more than 39,000 jobs, generates more than $1.17 billion in salaries and wages and $242 million in state and local taxes.

Giving hunters an extra day to enjoy their sport ensures that the DWR will have funds to continue their conservation work across the state according to the email.

The newly signed legislation takes effect July 1, 2022.

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Gov. Youngkin donates his 1st quarter salary

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin announced he has donated his first quarter salary as he pledged he would before taking office.

The Governor announced his first quarter salary will be donated to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VLEAP).

The VLEAP helps Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders who have experienced trauma in their personal lives or in the line of duty.

The VLEAP’s Critical Incident Seminar in Harrisonburg will receive $43,750 from the Governor in support.

The Governor continued that this reaffirms his commitment to support the men and women in Law Enforcement.

Youngkin went on to say this ensures that Law Enforcement receive the mental health resources, training and equipment they need to protect our communities.

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Gov. Youngkin sends legislation for a gas tax holiday

An email from Governor Youngkin confirms that he sent legislation to the General Assembly to suspend Virginia’s gas tax for three months.

The legislation will be introduced by Delegate Tara Durant of Stafford County and Senator Steve Newman of Lynchburg.

The Governor’s proposal would suspend the 26.2 cents per gallon for gas and 27 cents per gallon for diesel tax for May, June and July.

The tax would be phased back in slowly in August and September.

The Governor’s proposal would also cap the annual adjustment to the gas tax at no more than two percent per year.

That cap would help to protect Virginians from the hidden tax increase of inflation according the Governor’s email.

The Speaker’s office is coordinating a date for Lawmakers to debate the issue.

Maryland was the first state in the nation to suspend its gas tax back in mid-March followed by Georgia and Connecticut.

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