It's Monday, Virginia! Here are your Virginia Updates for July 19 📬
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We have news on;
- Child Tax Credit
- Business in Virginia
- Boosting Broadband
- Governor Debate Update
- Vaccine Update
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Child Tax Credit
Hundreds of thousands of families in Virginia have started to receive extended child tax credit payments as a part of the American Rescue Plan.
What is the child tax credit?
Under the revisions, a child up to 17 years old now counts as a qualifying dependent, and low-income families can now receive the full value of that tax credit. The amount per child is also higher for most, increasing to $3,000 for each child between 6 and 17 years old and to $3,600 for each child under age 6.
Who is eligible?
Families can receive the full credit if their income is:
Less than $75,000 for households with a single filer
$112,500 for head-of-household filers
$150,000 for married couples filing jointly.
The amount per child varies on age:
Children 0-5 - up to $300 per month
Children 6-17 - up to $250 per month
Sources: irs.gov & virginiamercury.com
Business in Virginia
Virginia, for the second time, has been named by CNBC as the Best State in the Country to do Business!
Virginia became the first state to win the recognition twice in a row, which Governor Ralph Northam credited to the state’s education system, workforce and inclusive public policies.
Governor Northam also proposed last week a $300 million boost in federal emergency aid to help businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northam proposed to designate $250 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to the "Rebuild VA" program he launched in 2020 to provide grants to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic and by restrictions the governor imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Northam also proposed to use $50 million to jump-start marketing by Virginia Tourism Corp. to help tourism offices.
Sources: richmond.com & wtop.com
Governor Northam announced Friday that he wants to use $700 million under the American Rescue Plan to achieve Universal Broadband Coverage by 2024.
Northam’s administration said the federal funding, in addition to continuing state investments, will be instrumental in closing the state’s digital divide, in which many rural communities lag the prosperous urban crescent that stretches from Northern Virginia through greater Richmond to Hampton Roads.
Broadband coverage tends to be scarce in rural areas, though the state council report noted that nearly 40% of students without broadband in Virginia live in or around cities. BroadbandNow also reported in June that Virginia is 15th
among the states in broadband internet access.
The General Assembly returns to Richmond on August 2 for a Special Session to determine how to spend the state’s more than $4.3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding.
Sources: cnbc.com & richmond.com
Governor Debate Update
Virginia Candidates for Governor are still working out the details for their first debate ahead of the November 2 General Election.
Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin still hasn't agreed to a debate with Democratic candidate and Terry McAuliffe. Both candidates said they are the right choice and feel confident about victory. Both candidates also shared they’ll be making more visits across Virginia soon.
Liberation candidate Princess Blanding has not yet been invited to debate with fellow candidates. Virginia election officials confirmed that Blanding qualified for the ballot by submitting the required paperwork and signatures.
Community Conversation: What do you want the future Governor of Virginia to focus on? What issues do you want to see discussed on the the debate stage?
Sources: apnews.com & wsls.com
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association is now urging vaccine requirements for Health Care Workers.
Before they "strongly encouraged" the COVID-19 vaccine and now they’d like to see requirements to help avoid unnecessary illness and death, as coronavirus cases rise again in Virginia and other areas of the country — with nearly all new deaths now coming in unvaccinated people, health officials say.
Vaccine Summary: As of Monday, July 19
Total Doses Administered: 9,257,881
People Fully Vaccinated: 4,535143 or 53.1%
% of Adults (18+) Fully Vaccinated: 64.2%
People Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 5,039,553 or 59.0%
% of Adults (18+) Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 70.9%
For more information on Virginia's vaccination efforts, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA
Sources: vdh.virginia.gov & wavy.com
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Interesting Article of the Day
Headline: Virginia State University and Virginia Union University to use CARES Act funds to forgive student balances
Article link: richmond.com/news/local/virginia-state-university-and-virginia-union-university-to-use-cares-act-funds-to-forgive-student/
See you next week!