Senator Aaron Rouse, Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas and Delegate Terry Kilgore Call on Governor Youngkin and General Assembly to Support Small Businesses As Lawmakers Return to Richmond

Today, Senator Aaron Rouse, Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas and Delegate Terry Kilgore call on Governor Youngkin and members of the General Assembly to honor their collective promise to support small businesses in advance of the legislature’s return to Richmond later this month. 

Following the veto of SB 212, Governor Youngkin promised to work with the legislature to establish a permanent regulatory structure for skill games. Now, a bipartisan coalition of legislators are calling on the Governor and legislature to honor his promise and support legislation during the upcoming special session.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They create jobs, generate tax revenue and provide invaluable services to communities in every corner of our Commonwealth,” said Senator Aaron Rouse. “Small businesses everywhere have one simple ask – if you return to Richmond, please take action to support us. That is why I am calling on Governor Youngkin and legislative leadership to take action now before we have hundreds, if not thousands, of small businesses closing their doors for good.” 

“As the Chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, passing legislation to generate more than $200 million in new revenue for our Commonwealth while supporting small businesses is simply common sense,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas. “Our bipartisan coalition of legislators has remained steadfast in our commitment to these small businesses, and we intend to get the job done for them at the end of this month.”

In rural communities, small businesses are struggling to make ends meet at the most basic levels – when one closes its door, it creates a vacuum of goods and services in our communities,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore. “Our bipartisan coalition of legislators has been in talks with Governor Youngkin to work out a compromise for our small business, and I urge the Governor to continue these discussions and reach a solution.”

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