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Grocery tax cut threatens transportation dollars and more Va. headlines

By: - February 15, 2022 8:08 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• House and Senate lawmakers are both advancing plans to repeal the state’s 3 percent grocery tax. The legislation would leave a more than $100-million-a-year hole in the state’s transportation budget.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Thirteen Democratic state senators joined Republicans on Monday to pass a GOP bill that would strip three citizen environmental boards of their power to issue or deny permits, instead granting that authority to the Department of Environmental Quality.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A coalition of education groups is asking lawmakers to increase funding for schools.—Roanoke Times

• “Four Senate Republicans crossed party lines to vote with Democrats to ditch the state’s unconstitutional ban on gay marriage, sending it over to the Republican-controlled House where a subcommittee has already rejected a similar measure.”—WVTF

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin released a public service announcement encouraging Virginians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “I have made the choice to get vaccinated and encourage everyone to join me in doing that, but ultimately it is a personal decision to do so.”—NBC12

• Youngkin signed his first bill into law. The measure is aimed at helping dairy farmers.—Daily News-Record

• Prosecutors are trying to stop two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in the Capitol riot from citing their law enforcement or military backgrounds as character evidence when they go on trial.—Roanoke Times

• Tim Longo, the police chief at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, testified as an expert witness in the federal trial against three Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. He called their conduct “inconsistent” with generally accepted policing practices.—Associated Press

• Prison weddings have been upended by the pandemic, with ceremonies that used to take place in visitation rooms with vending machine snacks now carried out over the phone.—Virginian-Pilot

• A rabbit appears to have infiltrated the courtyard at the center of the Pentagon. “It is currently living peacefully somewhere in the Pentagon’s courtyard, a location that is likely the most heavily guarded rabbit burrow on the planet.”—ARLnow

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