Americans for Tax Reform congratulates taxpayer protection pledge signers Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares on winning their nominations for executive office in Virginia earlier this week.  

Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares secured the Republican nomination for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, respectively. This is excellent news for taxpayers in the Commonwealth, as all three candidates have made a written commitment to Virginians that, if elected, they will “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.” 

By making this commitment in writing, voters can make the important distinction between Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares and their radical, tax-hiking opponents like former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.  

McAuliffe disingenuously promotes himself as a pro-business Democrat, but he has a history of promoting a radical-liberal, tax-and-spend agenda. During his term between 2014-2018, McAuliffe proposed Virginia’s first ever $100 billion budget. Included in that budget was Medicaid expansion funded by a hospital bed tax hike. Additionally, a month before leaving office, McAuliffe released a proposal for Northern Virginians to pay $65 million in higher taxes on real estate sales, hotel stays, and wholesale gasoline.  

More recently, as part of his campaign announcement in December 2020, McAuliffe unveiled a plan for billions in new spending. Unless checked at the ballot box this fall, it is almost certain that his allies in the General Assembly would follow his lead. Thankfully, Virginia taxpayers have allies like Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares have vowed to do the opposite. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, released the following statement:  

“Congratulations to Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares for winning their respective Republican nominations for executive office in Virginia. I commend all of them for making it crystal clear to voters that there will be no tax increases under their watch if elected.” 

“Richmond leadership, led by Terry McAuliffe, has crippled the Commonwealth with several tax hikes in recent years. Taxpayers deserve an ally in the executive branch, now more than ever, who will not raid their bank accounts. I am confident that Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares will focus on making government more efficient, so Virginia becomes a more attractive place to live, invest, and do business.” 

With Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares committing themselves to oppose and veto any and all tax increases, Virginia has the unique opportunity to elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General who will retire the Commonwealth’s tax-and-spend agenda.