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Janet Howell, Senate Finance Committee

Va. budget deal includes $4 billion in tax cuts, 10% raises for state workers

"A proposed budget deal General Assembly negotiators reached this week would cut taxes by $4 billion over three years, increase state employee and teacher pay by 10% over two years and contribute up to $470 million in state funds to widen a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 64 between Richmond and Williamsburg.

The tax cuts include one-time rebates of $250 for individual taxpayers and $500 for families this year, a 78% boost in the standard deduction on state income taxes, a larger deduction for military retirement income, and a refundable tax credit for low-income working families.

The compromise agreement between negotiators for the House of Delegates and Senate came nearly three months after the legislature ended its 60-day session on March 12 without a revised budget for this year or a new two-year budget that will take effect on July 1," Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Photo: Sen. Janet Howell (left), D-Fairfax, chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, and Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, led the budget negotiations. BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH


Gov of VA Younkin

Youngkin wants college presidents to hire faculty with 'diverse political perspectives'

"On the eve of graduation ceremonies for Virginia’s public colleges and universities, Gov. Glenn Youngkin told their presidents this week that he expects them to promote free speech on campus and hire faculty and other staff 'with diverse political perspectives.'

Youngkin sent the five-page letter to the Council of Presidents on Tuesday, making clear his expectations on a range of cultural issues important to his conservative political base — from in-person instruction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to creation of lab schools as a kind of charter school outside of traditional K-12 public education,"reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Photo: In January Gov. Glenn Youngkin spoke before signing a memo with higher education officials that he hopes will pave the way for lab schools in Virginia. A number of college and university presidents were present for the meeting at the Patrick Henry Building, along with Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, second from left. BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH


SCHEV Council Meeting

ADVISORY: Council to meet May 16-17 in Virginia Beach; joined by Private College Advisory Board members

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regularly scheduled meeting May 16-17 at Virginian Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, including a joint meeting with the leaders of Virginia’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

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