Subject: Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 2
|Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ·
June 23, 2021
Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov
Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene
~ Special session to address state budget, including the allocation of federal relief funding ~
RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation
calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on
Monday, August 2. A special session is necessary to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding. “With more Virginians getting vaccinated every day, we are turning the corner and
building back stronger,” said Governor Northam. “Thanks to the
American Rescue Plan, we have a unique opportunity to fund public
schools, support small businesses, achieve universal broadband access,
and make generational investments in our shared future. I look forward
to working with legislators to get it done.” Earlier this summer, Governor Northam and legislative leaders issued a joint statement outlining their
shared priorities for this federal funding:
Upgrade long-underfunded state and local public health services, boost
affordable housing, and help Virginians with the cost of utilities.
Fully fund the Rebuild Virginia economic recovery program, invest in
Virginia Tourism’s work to recruit visitors back to the Commonwealth,
and help the Department Housing and Community Development support Virginia’s main streets, small towns, and industrial revitalization.
Fund the Unemployment Trust Fund to support workers who lose their
jobs and avoid increased costs on Virginia businesses, increase support
for the Virginia Employment Commission—historically one of the lowest-funded unemployment systems in the country—to continue upgrading its computer systems and hire necessary staff.
Modernize public school buildings across Virginia by rehabilitating and
upgrading existing facilities, improving air quality and HVAC systems,
and improving safety.
Accelerate a 10-year plan to ensure universal broadband access within
the next 18 months. President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law in March, directing $350 billion in economic recovery
funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. All
Republican members of Congress voted against the law, including those
representing Virginia. The full text of Governor Northam’s proclamation is available here. Full Release
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