Late-Term Abortion; Taxes

Late-Term Abortion

Abortion has been a hot topic in the news this past week. You may have seen or read of the testimony where Virginia Democrats proposed legislation which would remove long standing restrictions on late term abortions. “The Repeal Act,” would allow an abortion in the third trimester, including up to the moment of birth and even when a mother is already in labor.

Even worse, however, was Governor Ralph Northam’s statement in support of The Repeal Act, which advocated for letting babies die after they were born alive. Governor Northam said “if a mother is in labor, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”

This is a stunning and open acknowledgement that the policies being proposed by Democrats would allow the killing/abortion of viable, full-term babies up to the moment of birth. The governor, in his own words, admitted that he would let a newborn baby die on a hospital table if that was what was desired.

These comments, and these policies, are reprehensible and outside of the mainstream, even among pro-choice voters. Unfortunately, they appear to represent the honest position of Democrats in Virginia. It is distressing to see how far the Democrat Party has sunk.

Taxes

One of the unintended consequences of the Federal tax cuts was an inadvertent increase in Virginia taxes for some taxpayers. Current Virginia law is that if you do not itemize on your Federal tax return, you cannot itemize on your Virginia return. One of the primary features of the Federal tax cuts was a significant increase in the standard deduction, which means many people that used to itemize their Federal returns, will no longer do so. Unless we increase Virginia’s standard deduction and/or allow itemization, some taxpayers will see an increase in their state taxes.

Last week we advanced HB 2529 which will allow taxpayers to itemize their state taxes regardless of how they file their federal return, increase the state standard deduction across the board, and maintain the important state and local tax deductions.

Governor Northam opposes our tax cut plan and has already proposed spending the additional revenue on expanding a welfare program. This week we will move forward with proposed changes to the state budget, which removes spending based on the tax increase.