WTAS: Governor Glenn Youngkin delivered his 2024 State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday.
During the speech, Youngkin highlighted the great progress made in Virginia over the past two years – historic job growth, a booming economy, and record investments in students, teachers, and law enforcement.
Youngkin also outlined his vision to advance this commonsense agenda for Virginia and challenged the General Assembly to come together to unleash opportunities for all Virginians by passing key policies into law.
“It’s time to lead. It’s time to lead together. To build a Virginia that is overflowing with opportunity and arrive at our ultimate destination – which is that proverbial shining city on the hill. And in order to get there, we do it together,” Youngkin said.
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Youngkin has stressed support of Israel since the Oct. 7 attacks.
“We must never stand and watch when evil shows itself,” he said Wednesday, recalling the words of Holocaust survivor Halina Zimm in May when he signed a bill defining antisemitism and pledging the state to battle it. What she said was: “Hate is wrong, love is right.”
“Halina, thank you for reminding us to define the good,” Youngkin said.
“I want to thank the entire General Assembly for taking a stand. And I want to challenge us – I want to challenge all of us: Pass a bill which says the commonwealth of Virginia won’t do business with companies that boycott Israel.”
On taxes, Youngkin reiterated his call to eliminate the personal property tax – the car tax – saying he wants to work with the General Assembly to figure out how to do this while not hitting local government revenue.
“To be clear, this is a package deal and I’m only interested in a plan that reduces taxes for Virginians,” he said.
In a formal speech Wednesday to the Virginia General Assembly at the self-described “halftime” of his term, Gov. Glenn Youngkin reemphasized his plan for a tax overhaul, promised to veto a pro-union measure if the legislature’s new Democratic majorities send it to him and pushed back against accusations his budget shortchanges public schools.
As he addressed lawmakers on the opening day of the 2024 legislative session, Youngkin pitched his plan to lower state income taxes and eliminate the car tax as part of a broader effort to win the “opportunity sweepstakes” and make Virginia more attractive to families, workers and businesses.
“We are going to compete and win and ensure Virginians keep more of their hard-earned money,” Youngkin said. “And to do this, we must lead.”
Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) encouraged the new joint Assembly to embrace his efforts against antisemitism during its new legislative session, which opened on Wednesday.
“I want to challenge us. … I want to challenge all of us. … Pass a bill which says the commonwealth of Virginia won’t do business with companies that boycott Israel,” the Republican governor said while delivering his State of the Commonwealth address at the Virginia Capitol.
“Pass a hate crime bill which ensures all forms of antisemitism, not just religious bigotry, are treated as hate crimes under the law,” he also said.
The governor expressed that Virginians should not have to live in fear of antisemitism.
“When parents send their children to college, when a young family goes to the grocery store, when someone goes to Friday prayer at a mosque or Saturday services at temple or Sunday morning worship at church, Virginians should not worry about being the victim of a crime simply because of their religion, their race or creed,” he said.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivered his second annual State of the Commonwealth address at the capitol in Richmond to begin the 2024 legislative session.
The governor outlined his priorities for the year. Some of his key initiatives include tax relief for Virginians, and investments in education and the state’s behavioral health system.
The spirit was working together. The tone was pretty strong, but the tone was not confrontational… The governor seems to want to work with folks… he provided principles that I think most folks can get behind… many of them were generalized suggestions of how we can get along and make Virginia a better place to live.
Concluding the first day of the 2024 General Assembly session, Governor Glenn Youngkin gave his State of the Commonwealth Address highlighting the previous year’s success and planning for the new one.
“Today, we gather in our Commonwealth’s Capitol not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Virginians,” Governor Youngkin said.
Youngkin highlighted his commitment to growing jobs in Virginia.
“233,000 more Virginians are working today than 2 years ago,” Governor Youngkin said. “Virginia has risen from bottom third in job growth to number 3 in the nation during the past 24 months…more Virginians are working today than ever before.”
He also said he was proud to put more money back into the pockets of all Virginians.
“We provided a record $5 billion in tax relief, particularly benefiting lower-income Virginians who need it most,” Governor Youngkin said.
In his second State of the Commonwealth speech before a joint session of Virginia’s legislature, Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday once again urged lawmakers to support his budget proposal that would structurally reform the state’s tax code.
Youngkin’s plan includes cutting taxes across the board 12% and paying for almost 80% of this by modernizing the state’s tax code… Youngkin also renewed his push to repeal Virginia’s personal property tax on cars, which was first made in some off-the-cuff remarks to reporters after last month’s budget presentation.