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Youngkin shifts focus from masks to taxes and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 18, 2022 8:01 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he’s optimistic about the remainder of his agenda for the General Assembly’s 2022 session. “This legislative process is one that I find incredibly encouraging,” he said. ”I’m inspired by it.” Democrats in the Senate said they welcomed his sunny outlook, but said his bills are “going to get voted down over here.”—Associated Press

• Youngkin’s administration turned its attention from masks to taxes at a series of campaign-style appearances Thursday.—Washington Post

• Youngkin’s push for lab schools echoes a similar effort pursued by former Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose 2012 push never got off the ground.—VPM

• Attorney General Jason Miyares returned four campaign donations totaling $70,000 he reported depositing Monday in violation of a state ban on accepting contributions during the legislative session. Miyares’ spokeswoman said the donations were received prior to the cutoff but deposited late in error.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A lawsuit challenging new admissions criteria designed to increase diversity at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology could break new legal ground because the policy is ostensibly race-neutral, unlike affirmative action programs. Legal experts say it is “the next battle in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision that would eliminate affirmative action.”—New York Times

• House Republicans passed legislation to roll back union-friendly laws that allow local government employees to unionize, but Senate Democrats say it has no chance of passing.—WVTF

• Refund checks and bill credits are arriving in customer mailboxes as part of a $330 million settlement between Dominion Energy and state regulators.—WTOP

• “Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., says the stakes are high as he travels to Munich for the beginning of an international security conference on Friday to address the military standoff between Russia and Ukraine, and potential cyberattacks that could spill into neighboring countries and the world economy.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Fairfax County High School apologized for arranging a display of library books with a sign that read “Stuff Some Adults Don’t Want You to Read.”—The Hill

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