Youngkin Talks Tax Cuts at Leesburg Diner

Gov. Glenn Youngkin traveled to the Leesburg Diner Thursday morning to pitch his proposed tax cuts, including trimming the grocery tax, doubling the standard deduction on state income tax and pushing a five-cent increase in the gas tax back a year.

“Today, we have government coffers that are full. Government coffers that have, in fact, exceeded all forecasts, by over-taxing and over feeing Virginians, and I believe that’s your money, not the government’s money,” he said.

Youngkin inherited a Fiscal Year 2021 $2.6 billion surplus, the largest in state history, from the Northam administration as tax revenues during the pandemic far outpaced projections, particularly on the income tax. However, much of that was already allocated by the time he took office, including mandated contributions to the state’s Rainy Day Fund and Water Quality Improvement Fund.

“We don’t want to put ourselves in a circumstance where we’ve made a short-term decision where we can’t keep our balanced budget, which we have in Virginia,” Youngkin said. He pitched a vision of tax cuts with no concurrent trimming in the budget, gambling that the revenue surpluses will continue.

“Rather than having to, quote, cut things to provide tax cuts, what we can in fact do is just tax people less and take in less money because we don’t need that big a surplus,” he said.

Youngkin pointed out the grocery tax is a regressive tax—one that affects poorer families more strongly—and one only a minority of states levy.

“[The tax] burdens those Virginians that are least capable of paying it the most,” he said.

The proposal to eliminate the state’s 1.5% grocery tax has some transportation advocates worried—a half-percent of that tax goes to transportation, and there is no plan to replace it. That is expected to take more than $100 million a year out of transportation funding.

Youngkin also called for relying more on fossil fuels in Virginia. He is attempting to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade agreement among states along the Mid-Atlantic and northeast, and which has been in place since 2009. The initiative has been associated with both economic growth in those states and reduced carbon emissions.

“One of the realities today in Virginia is, we import about 15% of our power from other states, and yet the Virginia Clean Economy Act mandates that we’re going to dismantle all of our fossil fuel generate generation, which is predominantly—the vast majority of which—is clean-burning natural gas, which we actually get right here at home,” Youngkin said. “And so we’ve got some real work to do here in order to reestablish a balance here.”

And with Virginians facing high inflation alongside high prices and shortages of some goods driven by supply chain issues, Youngkin said he wants to put new emphasis on existing programs to put locally-grown food on tables.

“We actually have two big programs in Virginia, Virginia’s Finest and Virginia Grown, and we want to have agriculture that is, in fact, grown and produced in Virginia delivered to Virginia tables,” Youngkin said. “And if we can shorten the supply chains, and eliminate the grocery tax, we can in fact reduce the price of groceries that all families have to pay.”

23 thoughts on “Youngkin Talks Tax Cuts at Leesburg Diner

  • 2022-02-17 at 2:41 pm
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    Government needs to learn to do less and have less money to waste on things that ought not be done to begin with! Loudoun likewise needs to learn the same lesson. Government that governs least governs best!

    We need fewer boondoggles in the state like the Metro Silver Line, soccer stadiums, and government palaces.

    This is a great start but it must be just the start.

  • 2022-02-17 at 2:54 pm
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    Thank God I stopped going to Leesburg Diner after they hosted a Fox TV show there a few months ago. We will not support a business that is GOP friendly, plain and simple. All of our friends feel the same too and also have ditched Leesburg Diner. A nice place, good food, but not worth supporting. If I had seen Governor Stunkin on the street, I would have spat in his smirky face. Virginia got “fleeced” with this guy and we will suffer for his admin for 4 years.

    • 2022-02-17 at 8:28 pm
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      Looks like I’ll be going to the Leesburg diner more often now that the liberal crowd is slinky away.

      • 2022-03-28 at 10:32 pm
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        Yep, we stopped going to the Diner when I heard that Fox did a show from there. Too many other better places to eat than that greasy spoon. Would not want to dine with slimy GOPers anyway. How you can support a party that still holds onto ex-liar in chief, Trump is beyond me. He is the worst president in history. Just came back from Biden trip to Europe and it was rewarding to hear the other G7 country leaders talk off the cuff at how bad Trump was for the world. Two of them actually said that if Trump were at G7 Summit, he would have invited Putin. That is your leader? Great…enjoy food in the greasy spoon, it is all yours!

    • 2022-02-17 at 9:32 pm
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      I’ll make sure I stop in on every trip to Leesburg. Please do feel free to dine elsewhere and leave the rest of the rational residents of Loudoun County to eat in peace. You can hold your secret Facebook meetings and spin your conspiracy theories elsewhere. And I am looking forward to ushering in Governor Winsome Sears in another four years.

    • 2022-02-17 at 10:17 pm
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      Well, this is about the most childish post I have read in a while. I think I’ll go have breakfast at the Leesburg Diner and laugh about it with all the other patrons.

    • 2022-02-18 at 9:11 am
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      Your mug shot would have been epic Sedona. Spitting in someone’s face is assault.

      You should consider an anger management class.

  • 2022-02-17 at 3:04 pm
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    You could not find a more clear cut example of what make the (D)s so very wrong for our county and our Commonwealth.

    The (D)’s love, love, LOVE regressive taxation schemes. For some reason they want to really stick it to those who can least afford it. The more than can take from low and moderate income families, the more they can control them.

    Eliminate the grocery tax. NOW.
    It’s good policy that should have been implemented long, long ago.

    Oh, and how about those lovely assessment notices that arrived in your mailbox? +15% +20%
    The (D)s on the BoS are licking their chops. They cannot wait to slam home a MASSIVE tax increase on Loudoun’s families. Pet projects aren’t free ya’know.

    Happy Getting-screwed-by-a-(D)-day, Loudoun!

    • 2022-02-18 at 8:59 am
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      Gosh…I’m still paying the car tax that a previous GOP governor said he’d get rid of.

      • 2022-03-28 at 10:35 pm
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        Yada Yada Yada, let’s see Governor “fleeced” try and match what Hogan has done for Maryland, especially for retirees. What Governor Stunken spend away the 2 billion surplus he was handed. He is a clueless fascist in classic ways. He has already made VA the laughingstock!

      • 2022-03-28 at 10:41 pm
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        Good luck with that, a personal property tax in VA has existed since about 1782. Don’t blame it on the dems, the GOP has also had 200+ years to ditch it…too funny how factless the GOP seems to be.

  • 2022-02-17 at 3:45 pm
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    “… I believe that’s your money, not the government’s money,” he said.”

    I bet there was run on smelling salts on the 5th floor of Harrison Street, when they heard rock solid fact.

    • 2022-02-17 at 8:29 pm
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      Looks like I’ll be going to the Leesburg diner more often now that the liberal crowd is slinky away.

  • 2022-02-17 at 4:24 pm
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    We need big government spending cuts everywhere.

  • 2022-02-17 at 4:28 pm
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    Tax cuts?

    The GOP is such a one-trick pony and tax cuts are the only game they have- they’ll tank the economy, run deficits, increase the debt but by golly they’ll save me 5 whole cents on a gallon of gas.

    • 2022-02-17 at 8:36 pm
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      Republicans wouldn’t have to focus on tax cuts if the Dems didn’t spend money so recklessly creating the worst inflation in 40 years.

      • 2022-03-28 at 10:43 pm
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        oh here we go with the writers here only quoting what Fox tells them. Inflation is high, yes, but do you think Covid had a hand in it? Stop watching Fox and learn the facts and the real reasons for inflation. I suppose next you will blame the high gas prices on Biden too because Shame Hannity or Schmucker Carlson told you this. OPEC is the reason gas is high, oil is traded on a global market, not in the WH. If Trump were the president and we had the same inflation and high gas prices, how would you spin that? Blaming it on Andrew Jackson, or Teddy Roosevelt? Too funny.

    • 2022-02-17 at 10:20 pm
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      Or maybe they are of the mindset that the Government is too big and should not control every aspect of our lives, and businesses can be built that will help America to help itself. Talk about a one-trick pony, does “tax and spend, tax and spend, tax and spend” sound familiar to you?

      • 2022-02-18 at 11:10 am
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        Johny,

        In fact your little slogan sounds very familiar. I’ve been listening to that jingle ever since it was invented in GOP focus groups. It’s actually sort of true.

        As of late, say the last 4 decades or so, Democrats try to actually pay for the governmental services we enjoy and they even attempt to fund the legislation they enact.

        Whereas Rebublicans are all about burning the furniture and walking around telling everybody how warm it is and what a good job they’re doing providing heat for all us, never you mind needing a place to sit in the long term- it’s warm now so shut up.

        We have a term for that and it’s way worse than the cute little jungle word games replicicans use, because it’s true- Democrats may tax and spend, but Republicans borrow and spend.

        One’s worse, not that you can see such with the blinkers.

    • 2022-02-18 at 9:01 am
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      Some of us would like to see the state take some of that surplus and do a few things to improve the quality of life here in Virginia. Like rural broadband support, a few more parks, etc. We pay a lot of tax and don’t get much for it. Rather than cut that tax a bit and still get nothing, let’s try a different approach.

      • 2022-02-19 at 9:49 am
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        “we pay a lot of tax and don’t get much for it”………..yet you want the same government to spend more!
        I agree to “let’s try a different approach”………like return the money to the taxpayers that provided it…….or elect better stewards of taxpayers’ money which is certainly not liberal democrats.

    • 2022-02-18 at 9:20 am
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      In reality, it is democrats in the senate who are looking to suspend the federal gas tax for a year. Don’t you worry AFF — you won’t see that 18 cents a gallon either, as it will be eaten up by inflation.

      Ain’t going back to the 70’s cool?

  • 2022-02-18 at 10:44 am
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    Please take a look at how the composite index is used to extract over $400 million per year out of what Loudoun should get back from sales tax collected from Loudoun.
    Please take a look at returning Dulles airport to Virginia control so Loudoun can collect property taxes from the extremely profitable MWAA parking lots.
    Please properly budget VDOT for interstate boundary counties like Loudoun or change out the management as VDOT controlled roads are not maintained, wide enough or able to handle daily traffic.
    Yes – continue to lower taxes but don’t hold onto bureaucrats who have been soaking up those funds! 🙂
    🙂

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