Youngkin restores rights for 800 Virginians

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the restoration of rights to over 800 formerly incarcerated Virginians.

The decision to restore their rights was made in time for those individuals to register to vote before the November 8th election.

Governor Youngkin said, “Second chances are essential to ensuring Virginians who have made mistakes are able to move forward toward a successful future.”

Secretary Kay Cole James also highlighted how crucial civil rights are to actively participating in your government.

The restoration of rights is a continuous process and individuals who would like to apply to have their rights restored can click here.

Applicants can also check the status of their application through the website. 

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Virginia ends fiscal year with nearly $2 billion surplus

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Virginia ended the 2022 fiscal year with a $1.94 billion general fund revenue surplus.

This is a 16.3% rise on total revenue collections on a year-to-date basis.

The surplus is one of the highest in the state history, just below 2021 at $2.3 billion.

This growth well exceeded the forecast of 8.5% growth.

69% of the state’s revenue came from payroll withholding and sales tax collections.

In a statement, Youngkin claimed this surplus supports his belief that Virginians are overtaxed.

He also highlighted economic growth in the state with companies like Boeing, LEGO, and Raytheon relocating their headquarters to the Commonwealth.

A full breakdown of all final revenue sources will be released on August 19th.

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Youngkin asks colleges to flatten tuition

Ten Commonwealth colleges have answered Governor Glenn Youngkin’s request to flatten tuition costs this fall.

This effort attempts to help students, parents, and families impacted by inflation.

So far, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and a few others have frozen their rates.

Some schools like Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary were not planning a tuition increase this fall.

The University of Virginia is the lone institution that refused the request citing a potential loss of $7.5 million to which Youngkin pointed out the school’s $2 billion budget.

Some schools are already planning to raise fees and cost of room and board next year.

Another plan includes a one time scholarship for in-state students to cover increases for next year while out-of-state and graduate students will pay an increased rate.

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Local representatives torn over SCOTUS decision

State representatives differ in their responses to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe V. Wade.

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin reminded residents of his pro-life stance.

He announced that he will pursue a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

He claims to support abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the child bearing parent’s life is at risk.

Senator Mark Warner stressed in his email that the decision’s removal of personal health care sets “back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law.”

Senator Warner also believes the decision could leave states the chance to attempt to restrict contraception.

West Virginia already has a law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony with up to 10 years in prison.

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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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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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Youngkin and Justice ask that mandates be lifted

An email from Governors Youngkin states that it is requesting the Biden administration drop vaccine mandates.

Both Virginia Governor Youngkin and West Virginia Governor Justice are making the request to lift federal vaccine mandates for the health care industry especially.

The request is in hopes that it will address the urgent need for staffers in all hospitals especially state run mental health facilities.

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Inaugural ceremony for Governor Elect Youngkin will be live streamed

In a social post from Governor Elect Glenn Youngkin he invites us to watch his swearing in ceremony and parade on a live stream.

Winchester resident Republican Lieutenant Governor Elect Winsome Earle Sears will also be sworn into office on Sat. Jan. 15 along side the governor elect.

The Governor Elect oath of office will take place starting at noon on Sat. Jan. 15 for the 74 governor of Virginia at this link.

The swearing in will be followed by a spirit of community parade which will also be streamed.

Youngkin states that the parade will showcase groups from all corners of the Commonwealth.

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