February 23, 2023 News & Press Releases

Virginia U.S. House Members Call On Youngkin To Provide Solutions To His Massive $201 Million K-12 Budget Shortfall

by Democratic Party of Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – Members of Virginia’s Democratic congressional delegation, including U.S. Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Abigail Spanberger, and Jennifer Wexton, sent a letter to Governor Youngkin asking him to detail specifically how he plans to make up for his massive budgeting error, one which will cost Virginia’s K-12 public schools $201 million.

Due to Youngkin’s error, the largest public school system in the Commonwealth, Fairfax County Public Schools, is on track to lose nearly $18 million, but the impact will be even more pronounced in rural and low-income school divisions. These divisions “rely more heavily on state (rather than local) funding, meaning every missing dollar will be harder to find,” according to the delegation’s letter.

“Youngkin’s remarkable incompetence – and his subsequent mishandling of the consequences of his error – necessitates advocacy from Members of Congress. And they’re right: Virginians need more answers about the plan moving forward to rectify Youngkin’s error,” said Liam Watson, Press Secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.