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REPUBLICAN gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin is proposing to reduce Virginians' taxes in much the same way Gov, Ralph Northam raised them: Use several individual proposals, some not all that large, which accumulate into a significant change.

We're hoping that the 2021 special session of the General Assembly called by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday will be very different from the special session he called in 2020 to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be a lot shorter, and focused on why the governor called it in the first place.

The results will be preliminary until the books close later this month, but revenue collections show strength across the Virginia economy as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs - in company payrolls, investor gains, real estate and housing, and consumer buying, both online and increasingly in brick-and-mortar retail stores.

Virginia’s long-neglected transportation system is chronically short of money. The $2 billion state surplus – or at least part of it – would go a long way to fixing some of the worst traffic hotspots. That, and returning at least some of the $2 billion to taxpayers, should be elected officials’ top two priorities.

We’re grateful that we live in a country that, despite its many flaws, still attracts thousands of newcomers each year, some of whom risk their lives to get here. They know, even if we sometimes forget, that the United States is still a beacon of hope and liberty to the rest of the world.

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House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, predicted a surplus between $1.5 billion and $2 billion on Wednesday, but Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne quickly upped the ante to the top of the range, based on corporate income taxes received in the middle of this month.

Virginia is anticipating a half-billion-dollar budget surplus by the end of this month. A surplus happens when all the items in the state budget have been funded and there’s still money left over. There’s no reason why that extra half-billion dollar budget surplus should be spent on anything other than transportation.

State revenues surged by more than $270 million in March, an 18.5% increase powered by boosts in high-wage jobs, internet sales and a booming housing industry as Virginia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in a stronger budget position than when the public health emergency began a year ago.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia banked a revenue surplus of roughly $552 million when the state's fiscal year ended June 30, Gov. Ralph Northam, D, …

The United States has amassed its largest stockpile of cheese in the 100 years since regulators began keeping tabs, the result of booming domestic production of milk and consumers’ waning interest in the dairy beverage.

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