You Can Help! Take Action in Support of the Governor’s Amendments
VRLTA has been working to reduce the negative impact of many of the proposed bills from the 2020 legislative session and made this request to Governor Northam. Hospitality and tourism businesses have been one of the most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks to our efforts, Governor Northam did act to amend the budget to override state law to waive penalties and interest to delay the sales tax and income tax payments, HB395/ SB7 (minimum wage increases), HB1414/ SB890 (Northern Virginia lodging tax), HB785/ SB588 (tax equalization between localities), HB1726/ SB1038 (Hampton Roads lodging tax), HB1505 (Small Business Jobs Fund for Small Business Grants), as well as HB881/ SB971 (Games of Skill).
While we appreciate the delays that the Governor proposed to provide relief for hospitality and tourism related businesses, we would have preferred it to go further, considering the extreme challenges the industry and our hundreds of thousands of employees face.
VRLTA believes that a longer extension of the implementation of the minimum wage increase, tax equalization between localities, and Northern Virginia- and Hampton Roads-related regional lodging taxes would have provided greater relief for the hospitality and tourism industry.
Unfortunately, many legislators in the Virginia General Assembly are not even inclined to support the modest amendments by Governor Northam
. So, we need to press hard for them to support his amendments.