June 2, 2022 News & Press Releases

VA BUDGET: Democrats Deliver, All Virginians Benefit

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Tax Cuts, School Construction, Behavioral Health Infrastructure, Teacher and Law Enforcement Raises

Richmond, VA – Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats fought for and delivered much-needed funding for Virginians in every corner of the  Commonwealth. From teacher pay raises and $1.25 billion to address crumbling school infrastructure to targeted income tax cuts for Virginia families and lower-income communities, Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to fighting for everyday Virginians. 

Virginia Democrats came out on top with their main policy and budget priorities intact. The funds secured by Virginia Democrats will ensure the Commonwealth is a place where every child can get a world-class education and Virginia families can thrive. Some of the major budget wins for Democrats include:

  • $1.25 billion for local school divisions to replace or repair outdated public school buildings.
  • Teacher and state worker pay raises of 10% over two years, plus $1,000 bonuses.
  • Pay raises for state and local law enforcement, correctional officers, local sheriff’s deputies
  • Millions of dollars for mental health facilities, supportive housing, Home and Community-Based Services, and pay raises for direct-care staff at state behavioral health facilities.
  • Targeted tax cuts for lower-income families and communities, including a refundable tax credit for low-income working families allowing them to collect up to 15% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Eliminating the 1.5% state portion of the grocery tax.
  • One-time rebates of $250 for individual taxpayers and $500 for families.

“Through this budget, Virginia Democrats have shown that we are the only party in Virginia fighting for our families, children, and communities across the Commonwealth,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “I am proud of House and Senate Democrats' tireless work to deliver vital funds for our schools, to our police, healthcare facilities, and to lower-income communities. There is still much work to be done, but this is a very good start to creating a more inclusive, supportive, and better Virginia.”