HENRICO, VA – Today, Delegate John McGuire (R-HD56) released the following statement regarding his “NO” vote on the House Democrat’s reckless, back-room built, partisan spending agenda:
“By rubber stamping the Governor’s spending bill and throwing out the normal bipartisan committee process, House Democrats have denied millions of Virginians a say in how their tax dollars are spent. When we attempted to work across the aisle, offering up a responsible alternative to the Democratic budget bill that would have provided $5,000 bonuses for our law enforcement officers, helped put our children’s education back on track, and provided the necessary support for our small businesses to get Virginia’s economy booming again, House Democrats silenced us within two minutes of bringing it to the floor. That’s why I could not, in good faith, support the budget bill that passed today. Virginians want their government to be transparent, and this entire process was nothing but a rushed, deliberate attempt to spend billions of taxpayer dollars as quickly as possible to fund their liberal wishlist. Our Commonwealth deserves better. Virginians deserve leaders who will do the hard work to get the job done.”
The radical one-party regime in Richmond is continuing to show that while they are in power, they don’t care about transparency or hearing input from millions of Virginians about how they spend their money.
Key proposals in House Republican’s alternative budget bill included:
- Doubling funding for Virginia school systems and providing additional flexibility for new construction and renovation
- Ensuring small businesses wouldn’t see a major tax increase to fund unemployment insurance
- Removing a $1 billion slush fund financed by the taxpayers that the Governor can spend without any legislative approval
- Providing Virginia’s entire law enforcement community, including corrections officers and county police, with a $5,000 bonus
- Giving parents more financial support for every K-12 student in the Commonwealth to help get their education back on track following a difficult virtual year
Delegate John McGuire (R-HD56): John McGuire was born and raised in Henrico County, Virginia. As a child, John spent his early childhood years in the foster care system, bouncing between 9 different elementary schools. By the grace of God, his grandparents rescued him and his older sister from the foster care system and raised them until John graduated from Henrico High School in 1988. Following graduation, John felt a call to service that led him to join the United States Navy. He served ten years as a Navy SEAL defending our great nation against evil all around the world before returning home to Virginia. Back in his hometown of Henrico, John founded a small business, SEAL Team PT Inc., a fitness company dedicated to helping teams and individuals become stronger, healthier, and more confident. 22 years later, his company helps train Division 1 athletes, anyone aspiring to join America’s military, and corporations all over the world.
McGuire was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegate in 2017, and re-elected in 2019. While serving the people of Virginia, his focus has been on increasing government transparency, promoting public safety, and working for Virginia families. As a husband and father of five, John knows the importance of building a true partnership between our families, our communities, and our state government. John and his wife Tracy live in Goochland County.