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Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor Northam and Congresswoman Wexton visit with students outside Fairfax County Government Center on Monday, October 19, where they also greeted early voters and thanked poll workers. Nearly 2 million Virginians have already cast their ballots, either in person or by mail. In Virginia, in-person early voting has been underway for more than a month and runs through Saturday, October 31.

    

WEEK OF OCTOBER 23, 2020

Governor Northam Signs 16 New Laws to Support COVID-19 Response and Reform Policing, Proposes Changes to Five Bills

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am proud to sign new laws that strengthen our COVID-19 response efforts and make our criminal justice system more equitable,” said Governor Northam. “I am grateful to legislators for their hard work this session, and look forward to signing more critically important legislation in the coming days.”

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The Roanoke Times
 
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Governor Northam Allocates Over $90 Million in Federal CARES Act Funding to Increase Access to Child Care, Support COVID-19 Vaccine Program and Free Clinics

TAKEAWAYS

  • Details of $65.8 million to continue child care provider incentive grant program
  • “Our ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery depends upon having a child care system that is both accessible and operational,” said Governor Northam. “Early childhood educators have been on the frontlines since COVID-19 pandemic started, going above and beyond to keep their doors open, ensure children are safe, and even fill in the gaps with remote learning as schools have reopened. This new funding will help them continue to support working families and enable more programs to safely provide in-person child care.” 
  • Details of $22 million to support statewide COVID-19 vaccination program
  • “We want to be ready to help Virginians get that vaccine as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible,” said Governor Northam. “This funding will support the Virginia Department of Health’s vaccine preparations, so distribution will go more smoothly when a vaccine becomes available. I encourage Virginians to get this vaccine when it is available—that is our best way to end this pandemic.”
  • Details of $3 million to reimburse free clinics for COVID-19 expenses
  • “Our free clinics are a critical part of our health safety net, providing care for those with no insurance,” said Governor Northam. “Thousands of Virginians access health care through free clinics, and I am glad we can help support those clinics’ needs at this time.”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
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Governor Northam Announces Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework to Confront Threats of Climate Change, Sea Level Rise

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, but not the fact that our planet is warming, land is sinking, sea levels are rising, and extreme weather events are more frequent and more severe,” said Governor Northam. “The science is clear: climate change is threatening our way of life, and there is no time to waste. We must act quickly and decisively—and the Coastal Master Planning Framework will be our roadmap to resilience in coastal Virginia. This innovative, science-based approach uses cost-effective, nature-based, and equitable strategies to protect our people, our communities, our infrastructure, and our economy right now and for generations to come.”

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Governor Northam Unveils Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger with Unified Set of Goals to Combat Food Insecurity During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This pandemic has created challenges for the entire food system and added new burdens on thousands of Virginia families,” said Governor Northam. “Since the beginning of our Administration, we have prioritized addressing nutrition and food insecurity, and that work has never been more relevant than it is today. The Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger looks beyond our current struggles and outlines a way forward to end hunger in the Commonwealth and ensure equitable access to healthy, affordable food for all Virginians.”

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The Virginian-Pilot
 
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Governor Northam Participates in Virtual Roundtable with Southwest Virginia Leaders to Discuss Economic Recovery Needs and Challenges

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  • “Our Administration is committed to doing all we can to support Virginians through these hard times, both by addressing immediate needs and planning for a brighter economic future,” said Governor Northam. “I know that the best ideas and solutions will come from the people closest to the issues––that’s why I am having meetings like this, talking directly with local leaders about the economic and workforce challenges they are facing.”

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The Roanoke Times
 
Kingsport Times News
 
WSLS.com
 
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