Youngkin announced criminal justice grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $37.5 million in grants to support local criminal justice programs in the Commonwealth.

$6.8 million will go towards 86 school resource officers and 15  school security officers to support over 2000 Virginia public schools.

Additional grant awards will include support for gun violence prevention programs, juvenile delinquency prevention programs, and more.

These grants follow the Uvalde school shooting which was the 27th school shooting in the United States this year.

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Virginia’s unemployment rate the lowest in 2 years

An email from Governor Youngkin announced the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia in 2 years.

Virginia’s unemployment rate in March dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.0 percent.

That seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 1.5 percentage points below the rate from a year ago.

The labor force increased by 19,532 with the number of unemployed residents decreasing by almost 5,000.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 3.6 percent.

Virginia had the second lowest unemployment rate in the southeast and 15 lowest in the nation.

Governor Youngkin said we are seeing green shoots in job recovery as we hit the lowest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth in nearly two years.

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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 signs a law to protect dogs and cats

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin confirms the signing of a bill to ban experimentation on dogs and cats.

The bill prohibits the sale of dogs or cats for experimental purposes and penalizes animal cruelty.

This bill amends the comprehensive animal care law to include cats and breeders of cats.

The law prohibits  any person or entity that breeds dogs or cats from the importation or sale of dogs or cats by anyone with certain federal animal welfare act violations.

In the governor’s words the bill protects and ensures the welfare standards and saves lives giving Virginia the authority to take action when violations occur.

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Gov. Youngkin wants a gas tax holiday

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that he is seeking a gas tax holiday for Virginia.

The governor sent a bill to the General Assembly for their special session calling for suspension of the gas tax for 3 months.

Youngkin  proposes using the over $4 million in unanticipated transportation revenues to support the gas tax holiday.

The governor’s proposal would also cap the annual adjustment to the gas tax at no more than 2 percent per year to further protect Virginians from the hidden tax increase of inflation.

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VA. unemployment rate stays below the national rate

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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced in an email that Virginia’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3 percent in January.

That rate is 1.5 percentage points below the rate of a year ago.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate which rose to 4.0 percent in January.

The labor force increased 16,461 to 4,277,757 as the number of unemployed decreased by 1,892 to 139,261.

In the governor’s words his administration is “committed to boosting economic growth, creating jobs, attracting business and lowering the cost of living for all Virginians.”

The Virginia Employment Commission added in the email  that January’s private sector gained 83,440 jobs.

Employment gained 6,400 jobs in the private sector in January according to the email as well.

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Gov. Youngkin visits Front Royal Church

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and his wife Suzanne spoke of their visit to a Front Royal Church Sun. Feb. 27.

Last Sun. Feb. 27 Gov. Youngkin and family visited and prayed with the congregation of the Ss. Joachim and Anna Ukrainian Catholic Church.

The church is located at 1396 Linden St. Front Royal.

The Youngkins were there to pray for and lift up the Ukrainian people specifically.

The governor and his wife both expressed their gratitude for Father Andrly Chornopysky and congregation for allowing them to join and pray with them for peace for the Ukrainian people.

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Governor Youngkin praises the senate on mask mandates amendment

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin praised the overwhelming adoption of an amendment to Senator Siobhan Bunnavant’s sponsored bill.

Senator Chap Petersen’s Amendment to the bill was called a victory for both children and parents statewide by the governor.

Petersen’s amendment was adopted by the Senate in a 29 to 9 vote yesterday Feb. 8.

The amendment would help to create an opt-out from local school mask mandates in Virginia according to the governor’s email.

The governor called the amendment a chance to give parents the right to decide whether their children should wear a mask in school.

Republican Governor Youngkin sited Democrat led states like Oregon, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware were already moving away from the universal mask mandates in schools.

The governor stated in the email that he was pleased to see there is bipartisan support for doing the same in Virginia.

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SCPS announce new mask mandates for students and staff

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Shenandoah Public Schools (SCPS) announced new masks regulations in a social post.

After the school board called a special meeting yesterday morning they have voted on new mask regulations that fall more in line with Governor Youngkin’s latest mask mandate.

Effective this Mon. Jan. 24 students will not be required to wear a mask but are being encouraged to wear a mask while inside any Shenandoah County Public School building.

However a mask will be required to be worn by everyone riding any school transportation.

All school staff will also be required to continue to wear a mask while in any school building regardless of their vaccination status.

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Gov. Youngkin gets to work hours after his inauguration

An email from Governor Youngkin announced the signing of several executive actions only hours after being sworn into office.

Just after Yongkin’s inaugural ceremony on Sat. Jan. 15 the new governor signed 11 executive actions.

Youngkin signed nine executive orders and two executive directives.

The actions include an order to end the use of inherently divisive concepts including Critical Race Theory  in public education.

Another order affirms the rights of parents to make decisions on  masks in schools.

A third order terminates the Virginia Parole Board and request the Attorney General investigate the board’s actions.

A fourth order will investigate wrong doing in Loudoun County.

A fifth order creates the Chief Transformation Officer.

The sixth order declares Virginia open for business.

A seventh order combats and prevents human trafficking and supports survivors.

An eighth order establishes a commission to combat antisemitism.

Executive order number nine withdraws Virginia from the Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The new governor’s Executive Directives include:

One cutting job regulations by 25 percent.

Directive number two rescinds the vaccine mandate for state employees.

All this in day one to fulfill his promise of going to work on the first day in office.

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