Governor Northam delivered his budget proposal with unprecedented investments for working Virginians to General Assembly members on Thursday, December 16. Read more here.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 17, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Near-Universal Broadband, Closing 90% of the Digital Divide
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  • Broadband access impacts every facet of our daily lives, from education to business to health care,” said Governor Northam. “It’s a necessity for navigating today’s digital world, and this new funding will close Virginia’s digital divide with universal broadband by 2024.”
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Governor Northam Announces Tax Reduction for Working Virginians, One-Time Rebates for Taxpayers
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  • When Virginia cuts taxes next year, it should be done in a way that benefits working people,” said Governor Northam. “Many professionals made it through the pandemic fine, as their work simply moved online. But workers haven’t been so lucky when their jobs require close contact with other people. Some jobs simply can’t move online—restaurant workers, early childhood educators, home care attendants, and others—and we all depend on the people who do this work. Virginia can help working people by eliminating the state grocery tax, providing one-time rebates, and giving a tax break to people who are working.”
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Governor Northam Proposes Major Funding for the Chesapeake Bay, More Than $1 Billion Dedicated in the Last Four Years
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  • Virginia pledged to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to meet clean water goals by 2025,” said Governor Northam. “My budget will ensure that the Commonwealth lives up to its commitment and restores the natural bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. By assisting farmers and localities implementing our Bay clean-up plan, my budget supports the economic, public health, recreation and quality of life benefits of a restored Bay for future generations.” 
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Governor Northam Announces Historic Funding for Cultural and Natural Resource Conservation
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  • Protecting the historic landmarks of all people helps us tell a more inclusive and accurate story of the past,” said Governor Northam. “All of Virginia’s history deserves to be told and this funding will make that happen.”
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