Complaints about ‘frustrating and disappointing’ vaccine rollout, a tax policy fight, Smith Mountain Lake wake surfing making legislative waves, and more headlines

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• “A day after recording nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases, the Virginia Department of Health on Monday reported 7,245 more, marking the state’s second-highest single-day increase. That’s twice the number of new cases reported a month ago, 3½ times the cases on Nov. 18 and eight times the cases on Oct. 18.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Leaders in Virginia Beach wrote to Gov. Ralph Northam complaining about the slow rollout of the state’s vaccination effort, which they called “extremely frustrating and disappointing.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Data tracking Virginia’s vaccine rollout is rife with fuzzy math that doesn’t quite add up.—Roanoke Times

• “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied requests from Maryland and Virginia for an emergency declaration to cover expenses associated with responding to the Capitol riot and increasing security around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.”—Washington Post

• In their latest fight over tax policy, Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly are at odds over whether the state should allow businesses to deduct expenses paid with tax-exempt federal grants, which Northam’s administration says would cost the state nearly $1 billion in reduced revenue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Lawmakers are weighing legislation cracking down on “wake surfing” amid complaints at Smith Mountain Lake of specially designed boats sending large waves crashing into docks and shorelines.—Roanoke Times

• “President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, Virginia commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture in his administration.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, rolled out a plan for universal childcare and preschool.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Terry McAuliffe says he’d create a state agency for gun violence prevention if elected for another term as governor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Fairfax music teacher Jacob Kohut has been teaching virtual lessons out of the back of a Humvee in Washington since he was deployed to the Capitol with the National Guard. “I think that the arts in general are the best way to heal, socially and emotionally, what we’re dealing with right now,” he said.—WTOP

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