Newly-minted Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin started his first day in office with a bang that could reverberate across the nation as a signal to other governors on the fence between the people and the donor class.
Signing a slate of executive orders, Youngkin fulfilled some of the biggest promises he made to voters during his groundbreaking gubernatorial run. The orders include:
Ending the use of Critical Race Theory in public education
Investigating “wrongdoing” in Loudon County
Opening the economy for all business
Withdrawing from previous “green energy” initiatives that have been harmful to Virginia’s economy and bureaucracy
Slashing “job-killing” regulations
Allowing parents and students to opt out of school mask mandates
Rescinding vaccine mandates for all state employees
Youngkin also pledged to “restore integrity and confidence” in the state Parole Board, a move bolstered by the appointment of new Attorney General Jason Miyares, who has already announced he will begin the prosecution of criminal activities in districts in which Soros-backed District Attorneys refuse. There are also provisions for fighting human trafficking and antisemitism. Youngkin signed the orders immediately after his Saturday, January 15th inauguration.
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Executive Order Number One delivers on his Day One promise to restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.
Executive Order Number Two delivers on his Day One promise to empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.
Executive Order Number Three delivers on his Day One promise to restore integrity and confidence in the Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Executive Order Number Four delivers on his Day One promise to investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County.
Executive Order Number Five delivers on his Day One promise to make government work for Virginians by creating the Commonwealth Chief Transformation Officer.
Executive Order Number Six delivers on his Day One promise to declare Virginia open for business.
Executive Order Number Seven delivers on his Day One promise to combat and prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
Executive Order Number Eight delivers on his Day One promise to establish a commission to combat antisemitism.
Executive Order Number Nine delivers on his Day One promise to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Executive Directive Number One delivers on his fulfilling his Day One promise to jumpstart our economy by cutting job killing regulations by 25 percent.
Executive Directive Number Two delivers on his fulfilling his Day One promise to restore individual freedoms and personal privacy by rescinding the vaccine mandate for all state employees.
Both Governor Youngkin and Lieutenant-Governor Winsome Sears have been very vocal about turning away from government overreach and restoring as much power to the people as possible. Perhaps the one order that could have significant ripple effects in the national education sector is the pledge to support the parents of Loundon County by investigating violations and corruption in their school district and adjacent bureaucracies.
Time will tell if Virginians start seeing significant improvements in their state, but there is no doubt the gauntlet has been thrown down, and the challenge will be carrying this momentum of the citizenry through 2022 and 2024.