CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he wants to put roughly $1,500 this year back in the hands of the typical Virginia family.
Problem is, several of his tax cut plans face uphill battles in the Democrat-controlled state Senate.
It’s part of the reason Youngkin, (R-Va.) held a question and answer session about his tax relief proposals Thursday afternoon at Jo-Kell Inc. in Chesapeake, a woman-owned electrical distributor.
The crowd of roughly 100 people was made up of veterans, supporters and local elected leaders who cheered the governor’s calls to eliminate the grocery tax, suspend the gas tax and double the standard deduction, but Youngkin was blunt that he needs help to get it done.
“Please contact your senator, your delegate and tell them to support this plan,” Youngkin said.
Youngkin has already seen bipartisan support for many of his proposals.
Both the chambers have lent their support to giving one-time tax rebates to Virginians, eliminating the tax on the first $40,000 in military retirement pay and gutting the 2.5% grocery tax.
However, when it comes to the gas tax suspension and income tax relief, the Finance and Appropriations Committee has voted to not act this year. Instead, they want a year to study.
“No I want it done this year and we’ll have future discussions this year between Senate Finance and House Appropriations in order to get this done. There is bipartisan support,” Youngkin said.
Many of his proposals have been in the form of budget amendments.
Youngkin made several references to his large legislative victory Wednesday when the House of Delegates passed Youngkin’s emergency amendment to a bill that will make masking optional in all Virginia schools. Schools now must comply by no later than March 1.
He believes there can be a similar victory on his tax plan, referencing the state’s $2.61 billion surpluses.
“And we can do this making sure education budgets are fully funded,” Youngkin said.