Sunday, February 27, 2022

Fw: Notice of King George TP meeting THIS THURSDAY

Fellow Members of the King George TEA Party:

I am forwarding the below from Bob regarding THIS WEEK'S meeting.

As always, please ping on me if you have any questions.

James Hull

Begin forwarded message:


Welcome Back - We have missed you!

It has been a while since we have had a speaker on the scale of the Family Foundation. 

Our speaker will be Britton Ross:

She has served as Political Director of Family Foundation Action since 2019, heading up key house races in 2019 and 2021, as well as the 7th Congressional District in 2020 and the 2021 gubernatorial race. Prior to joining TFFA she ran Bishop E.W. Jacksons U.S. Senate Campaign in 2018 and has served numerous other National, State and Local level Campaigns.

Britton is a Board member of the VCDL Pac and the Virginia Tea Party Federation. 

These folks are on the leading edge of Election Integrity and Voter Registration.
They will address knocking on doors for specific candidates, their statewide voter registration training specifically and let you know some of the other things they are involved with such as being at the General Assembly to push alerts on certain Bills.

 King George Tea Party

        SAVE THE DATE:
             Thursday 3 March 2022
             Time: 7:00 PM
             Place: 10021 Dahlgren Rd
               King George, Va.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Special Briefing: "Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Western Security," with Ambassador Jim Gilmore

You are cordially invited
To a Thomas Jefferson Institute Briefing …
Ambassador Jim Gilmore
“Ukraine, Russia, and Future of Western Security”

March 3, 2022
7:00 pm
Via Zoom

Tanks now roll across Europe in a way not seen for 80 years. What are the ramifications for Ukraine, Russia, and the security of the West -- including the United States?

You won't want to miss this Jefferson Institute Briefing!

Known to most Virginia Republicans as former Governor and Attorney General, author of the campaign to repeal the car tax, and architect of Republican gains in the General Assembly as the State Senate flipped “red,” those who know him best know of Jim Gilmore’s long interest and expertise in international and security affairs, from his early days working as a counter-intelligence agent in the early ‘70s, earning a degree from UVA in International Relations, Russian Area Studies.

In 2019, his expertise was recognized by the United States Senate when he was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

Recognizing what lay ahead in the world, as Governor he established the first Secretary of Technology position in the nation and led extensive economic development including trade missions to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His travels also took him to Israel, Pakistan, Ukraine and nations surrounding Ukraine. From 1999 to 2003, Jim Gilmore served as Chairman of the Congressional panel known as the “Gilmore Commission” to assess America’s capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack.
Prior to his Ambassadorship, he served as President and CEO of the American Opportunity Foundation, working to shape the discussions around American society and offer conservative solutions that promise prosperity, national security, and American values.

Please join us for a critical one-hour briefing on the state of affairs in that beleaguered part nation ... and how it might affect the rest of the world.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Jefferson Journal: Doubling Standard Deduction is Middle Class Tax Reform

The Jefferson Journal
Doubling Standard Deduction is Middle Class Tax Reform
By Stephen D. Haner
2/24/2022 -- The argument now dividing the General Assembly on partisan lines is not whether to cut the state income tax, but for whom. The House of Delegates goes big with a broad tax cut that brings Virginia into line with other states, but the Senate only wants small changes aimed at smaller groups of taxpayers.
More than 80 percent of the 4.1 million state tax returns filed in Virginia take the standard deduction, currently set at $9,000 for a married couple. In general, the 3.4 million returns represent the middle and working class, with the poorest Virginians not filing any tax return and many of the wealthiest using itemized deductions.
Increasing the standard deduction by 100%, to $18,000 for that married couple, is a benefit aimed at that large group in the middle, which pays the vast majority of income taxes. They are at the center of the legislative struggle now underway between the Virginia House of Delegates, which supports the increase, and the Virginia Senate, which does not. The controlling majority in the House is Republican and in the Senate it is Democratic.
The Virginia Senate has instead approved a state income tax reduction that applies only to the lowest and lower middle income groups, those eligible for something called the Earned Income Tax Credit. It has also endorsed a new tax subtraction for military retiree pay, passing in both chambers.
Two years ago they jointly projected $46.4 billion in state General Fund revenue for the two year budget. After accounting for the doubled standard deduction and several other tax changes, the House is still projecting a 26% increase for the next two years, to $58.3 billion. The Senate, offering fewer changes to the tax rules, expects a 33% increase, to $61.7 billion.
About two-thirds of the $3.4 billion revenue gap between House and Senate is the standard deduction change. 
The Senate considers the House’s 26% increase in revenue and spending not adequate to the state’s needs. Activists inside and outside the legislature are busy painting the House’s proposal, despite its growth of $11.9 billion, as a series of cuts, reductions, “defunding” even.
A university poll getting widespread attention this week from a news media hostile to Youngkin implied that the House budget, 26% larger than two years ago, leaves education, public safety and social services “underfunded.” 
The tax policy differences will need to be reconciled in about two weeks, when the Assembly is set to end. The playing field will be the conference committee negotiations over the budget, and perhaps over the House bill that raises the standard deduction. The Senate committee changed the Earned Income Tax Credit with a bill embedded in the budget document.
The increased standard deduction was a campaign promise by Governor Glenn Youngkin but is not a new idea. It has been adjusted up several times over the years. Most states that have personal income taxes allow a standard deduction higher than Virginia’s, and the federal amount is $25,100 for that same married couple.
Allowing those 4 million households to exclude another $9,000 from tax would save the vast majority of taxpaying couples $517.50. Those that have tax withheld from pay would see that go down. Pegging the future standard deduction to inflation for automatic increases would be better still but is not on the table. 
Advocates for low income citizens are correct that if a worker pays no income tax because they fall below the filing thresholds or EITC eliminates their tax liability, then increasing the standard deduction is of no value to them. That is likely a few hundred thousand Virginia households. Make the EITC into a refundable program, meaning any credit not used to cancel taxes becomes a payment, and then those folks come out ahead.
As an example, a married couple with $30,000 in income owes no income tax because of the EITC. Make that refundable and they also get a check from the state for $339. (The federal EITC is refundable, too.) Couples with children earning over $50,000 would see an EITC refund payment, although as income rises, the amount shrinks toward zero.
Here’s something most don’t mention. The two approaches are not mutually exclusive. The General Assembly could do both, double the standard deduction and turn the EITC into a refundable benefit. The EITC change only reduces revenues about $200 million more per year. If that is how to get to yes on the standard deduction, it should be considered.
Both the Senate and the House have approved one-time modest cash rebates to individuals who paid income tax for last year. Those are not lasting tax changes, also provide no benefit to those who paid no tax, and also go to richer taxpayers who used itemized deductions. Reconsidering that might be another path to yes.
Something is going to have to give to reach a compromise. When the smoke clears the standard deduction increase is the most important element, the income tax provision of broadest benefit, and should be adopted. 
Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow with the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at

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Monday, February 14, 2022

"Red Flag" Repeal Legislation Passed out of Committee

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Robert --

Last week, the House Public Safety Committee passed House Bill 509, legislation to repeal Virginia's anti-gun "red flag" law, by an 11 to 10 vote. This is the first step to getting this "red flag" law repealed and we must continue to stay vigilant by reaching out to our representatives. The measure now heads to the House Floor for a full vote.  Please contact your Delegate and ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 509.

House Bill 509 restores due process protections in Virginia by repealing the so-called "red flag" scheme that allows the seizure of an individual's firearms on baseless accusations without a hearing or other opportunity for the person to be heard in court.

Again, please contact your Delegate and ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 509.

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The Jefferson Journal: House Would Return Surpluses; Senate Ready to Spend More

The Jefferson Journal
House Would Return Surpluses,
Senate Ready to Spend More
By Stephen D. Haner
2/14/2022 -- Virginia government is flooded with cash, tax revenues far in excess of what is needed to maintain its current level of services and a fair reserve. Key votes have now been taken and the House of Delegates is poised to return much of the excess money back to taxpayers. The Senate of Virginia wants to keep the money and continue growing government ever larger. 
Yet another monthly financial update showing surging tax receipts was released Friday. 
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) campaigned on and has introduced a series of tax reductions, most (but not all) of which will likely receive approval by the full House by today or tomorrow. Some of them (but not all) have received bipartisan support during their consideration in committee.
But the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, meeting late Thursday while an earlier Jefferson Policy Journal update on this topic was being written, is sticking with the minor tax cuts/more spending approach proposed by outgoing Governor Ralph Northam (D). Some committee Republicans joined in voting against Youngkin’s proposals. 
That means that when the two bodies consider their amendments to the state budget week after next, the Senate version will contain billions of dollars in additional spending and its members will assert that any failure to approve every dollar is harmful to the Commonwealth. They will claim that the House budget, bound to also include record spending, is unfair compared to theirs.
The amazing financial surpluses already seen last year and expected for the next two result from the economic juicing of consumer spending by COVID-related relief programs, and the (usually unmentioned) long list of tax increases imposed under Northam. This unique opportunity to cut taxes, improve cash reserves and still grow the state budget will not be permanent. 
Where are the key points of difference between the chambers? The House of Delegates is poised to double the standard deduction most Virginia taxpayers claim on their income tax, from $9,000 to $18,000 for a couple filing jointly. That saves joint filers up to $518 per year and will reduce taxes about $2.1 billion in the next two years. It saves about $900 million per year after that.
The Senate, on the other hand, sent its version of the standard deduction bill to be studied, part of a promised comprehensive tax reform study. Many of the same senators made the same promise just three years ago, claiming they would look at tax reform in response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It never happened. Remember the Taxpayer Relief Fund? It got spent.
The Senate’s proposed budget to be revealed next weekend will likely spend that additional $2.1 billion on very popular items, supported by large interest groups willing to fight to keep it. Forgotten will be the interest group called “taxpayers.”
It will be the same on the Governor’s proposal to remove the sales and use tax from the purchase of groceries and necessary personal hygiene products. The sticking point there has been that the tax is also imposed and collected by local governments, dedicated to schools. The House is poised to fully remove the 2.5% tax but replace the lost local revenue out of general sales tax pot.
The Senate is moving to repeal only the 1.5% state portion of the tax and would leave the local 1% tax in place. It’s bill delays implementation until 2023. The change gives the Senate budgeteers another $700 million to spend over the next two years, widening the gap with the coming House budget. 
The third major point of difference involves Youngkin’s campaign pledge to suspend for one year part of the motor fuel tax increases imposed under Northam. The House is about to pass a bill to accomplish that, which reduces transportation funding about $380 million over two years, with a lingering impact into future years. The Senate committee simply killed that bill outright, no amendments, no study. 
Any or all of those outcomes may change. They are just the position of the parties at halftime, with the annual negotiations between the House and Senate following. Assuming the General Assembly agrees on a compromise tax and budget package by the session deadline of March 12, Governor Youngkin gets one more chance to offer amendments at the reconvened session in April.
One proposal that continues to advance with unanimous bipartisan support creates a subtraction for military retiree pay, although it no longer would go into effect for this year. Beginning in 2023, the subtraction is created at $20,000 and then grows to $40,000 in future years. 
There have also been outright losses for the Governor, although they too are issues that could be revived later in negotiations. 
The House Finance Committee had endorsed Youngkin’s promised tax credit for small businesses, basically a one-time exclusion for $250,000 in taxable income. But it was not on the list of tax proposals that emerged from House Appropriations late Friday to advance to the floor today. The Senate committee had already voted to send it to that promised study commission.  
That was something sought for small business taxpayers. The other defeat involved mostly larger business taxpayers, those that received federal Payroll Protection Program grants for 2020 in excess of $100,000. Youngkin sought to give them a retroactive deduction of up to $1 million but sought to do it in the annual bill creating conformity to federal tax code. That bill needs to pass as an emergency measure with a four-fifths vote, meaning it would need Democratic votes. It was getting none until the retroactive provision was dropped. 
The 2019 General Assembly was another fleeting moment when real tax reform was possible, as the state saw a surge of revenue on the horizon created by conforming to the federal tax changes. Instead legislators approved a one-time cash rebate, an election year sop, and a minor change in the standard deduction. A repeat of that outcome remains very possible. 
The Thomas Jefferson Institute has long advocated for doubling the standard deduction.  This year is the time to finally do it, but it won’t be done if legislators don’t hear from their constituents. The time to hit the phones and emails is now.
Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow with the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at

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