ADVISORY: Freedom Virginia Brings ‘Show Me Your Values’ Mobile Billboard Tour on State Budget to Henrico County

Legislators, Parents to Highlight New Report on Impact of Pending Budget Decision on Henrico County Schools

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s call for legislators to finish the budget, Freedom Virginia will bring their mobile billboard tour to Henrico County on Tuesday. Henrico County General Assembly members, local elected officials and parents will call for legislators to make investments in Virginia communities instead of giving tax handouts to big corporations and the wealthiest Virginians.

The leaders will highlight a new report by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis that shows the potential impact of budget decisions on schools in Henrico County and Greater Richmond. The report shows that under the Senate budget proposal, Henrico County would receive $27.2 million more in school funding, enabling schools to hire 489 new support staff, such as counselors, social workers and nurses. Richmond City schools would receive $18.2 million more, funding 259 support staff. Chesterfield County would receive $34.2 million more, adding 633 school support staff.

The “Show Us Your Values” tour will call on legislators to show that they value Virginia families above corporate handouts. Legislators will make a simple choice: adopt the Senate budget and give $1 billion to our public schools or adopt Governor Youngkin and House Republicans’ budget, which contains $1 billion in tax cuts, mostly for corporations and the richest Virginians. Last week, Gov. Youngkin called for a special session on the budget, which could happen in June or July.

The tour started last week in Virginia Beach and Loudoun County. It continues in Henrico County on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Upcoming stops will include Newport News and Harrisonburg.

Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Senator Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico), Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) and Delegate Rodney Willett (D-Henrico) will come together in Henrico County to call on Governor Youngkin and budget negotiators to prioritize Virginia children and their education. The legislators will be joined by Henrico County School Board Member Roscoe Cooper, Vice President of the Richmond Education Association Darrell Turner and Henrico parent and teacher Madison Irving.

Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Senator Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico)
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)
Delegate Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)
Henrico School Board Member Roscoe Cooper
Vice President of the Richmond Education Association Darrell Turner
Madison Irving, Henrico County Parent and Teacher

WHAT: ‘Show Us Your Values’ tour with General Assembly Members and local leaders calling for greater investments in school funding.

WHERE: Henrico County Eastern Government Center
3820 Nine Mile Rd
Henrico, VA 23223

WHEN: Tues. June 13, 2023 at 11 a.m.

RSVP: Press should RSVP to or 650-521-1997.

Brigid Godfrey

Brigid Godfrey

Communications Director

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