NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s call for legislators to finish the budget, Freedom Virginia will bring their mobile billboard tour to Newport News after successful stops in Virginia Beach, Loudoun County and Henrico County. Newport News General Assembly members, local elected officials and community members will call for legislators to make investments in Virginiacommunities 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 Newport News and the Peninsula. The Senate budget would mean $20,661,038 more for Newport News City public schools, or $822 more per student. The increased Senate funding would add 373 staffers to Newport News City schools, including school support staff like counselors, social workers and nurses. Hampton Schools would receive an additional $11.1 million in funding, breaking down to $587 per student and an additional 126 staff positions.
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 aspecial session on the budget, which could happen in June or July.
The tour continues in Newport News on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Senator Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico), Senator Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), VEA Local President Sam Eure and other leaders will come together in Newport News to call on Governor Youngkin and budget negotiators to prioritize Virginia children and their education.
Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Senator Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico)
Senator Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)
Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones
Newport News City Council Member Cleon M. Long
VEA Colonial UniServ Chair Sam Eure
WHAT: ‘Show Us Your Values’ tour with General Assembly Members and local leaders calling for greater investments in school funding.
WHERE: Denbigh High School
259 Denbigh Blvd #3313
Newport News, VA 23608
WHEN: Wed. June 14, 2023 at 11 a.m.
RSVP: Press should RSVP to BGODFREY@freedomva.org or 650-521-1997.