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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is donating his second quarter 2022 salary to military veterans causes in the Commonwealth.
The Republican governor was scheduled to visit a veterans center in Virginia Beach to mark his decision, telling Fox News on Tuesday that it was an opportunity for him to “do what we should be doing every day – that is, say celebrate our veterans and the sacrifice they made.”
“Freedom doesn’t come free. And sometimes we forget to say thank you,” he told host Martha MacCallum on “The Story.” “So I made a commitment when I ran and was elected and when we launched this administration to make Virginia the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the United States. .”
Youngkin said a quarter of his salary will go to the Veterans Services Foundation, adding that companies like Boeing have also invested in Virginia veterans during his tenure.
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“We are delivering on our promise to make Virginia the best place for veterans,” he said, adding that while he could afford to skip his state paycheck, many Virginians have told him that they felt robbed by inflation under President Biden.
“I see Virginians telling me every week that three, four or $5,000 of their hard-earned money is being stolen by this silent thief of inflation,” he said, calling for outsourcing manufacturing and investing in American energy as two key steps in relieving the pain of the working class.
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Youngkin’s decision to forgo his salary somewhat follows in the footsteps of former President Donald Trump, who regularly donated his salary to federal companies like the National Park Service.
Both men are independently wealthy, with Youngkin running for office in 2021 after serving as an executive at the Carlyle Group, and Trump running his eponymous property development company for decades.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, the richest governor in the United States, heir to billionaire Hyatt Hotels and Illinois Democrat JB Pritzker, has also given up a state allowance.
Although the trend is sporadic, other former senior state officials have made similar pledges.
Former Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley has pledged to forgo his salary until the state of Yellowhammer reaches statistical “full employment” – while former Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, avoided cost-of-living wage increases during his sole tenure around the same time.