Glenn Youngkin from Virginia, United States via Wikimedia Commons

Youngkin has proposed amendments to the Virginia state budget, with several attempting to help Virginians where they’re really being hit right now; the gas pump.

“With five-dollar gas prices and plenty of money in the system, I’m continuing the effort to lower gas prices for hardworking Virginians and my hope is, this time, that Democrats will join us to give Virginians a break this summer,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Youngkin’s previous efforts to  pass a gas tax holiday failed in the legislature, but Youngkin revived his push in a budget amendment. An aide said the suspension of the state’s gas tax of 26 cents a gallon would go into effect July 1 until Sept. 30 if approved by lawmakers.

In total, Governor Youngkin sent thirty-eight budget amendments, three in HB 29 (the caboose budget) and thirty-five in HB 30 (the biennial budget), focusing on expanding opportunities for education, keeping our communities safe, and making Virginia the best state for business.

“We’re also restoring educational freedom by protecting the education scholarship tax credits which expand parental choice. Finally, I am asking that the General Assembly help keep our state and federal judges safe. I’m grateful for the hard work of leaders in the House and Senate for presenting a budget to me that delivers key priorities for the Commonwealth, these amendments build on that and further our goal to make Virginia the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Information on amendments can be found here: HB 29 and HB 30, and the General Assembly will consider Governor Youngkin’s amendments when they reconvene on Friday. Hopefully they can make up their minds to help Virginians who are straggling this summer, as Inflation Hits New 40-Year High as Gas, Grocery and Rent Prices Soar.