Amongst Youngkin’s executive orders have been an motion to “examine wrongdoing in Loudoun County,” which has additionally obtained nationwide consideration for a politically explosive faculty sexual assault case. The batch additionally included an order to “empower Virginia dad and mom of their kids’s schooling” by letting them determine if their kids ought to put on masks to faculty, in one other nod to his gubernatorial marketing campaign. Youngkin was helped to victory by his opponent, McAuliffe, saying “I don’t suppose dad and mom ought to be telling colleges what they need to train” — a broadly perceived gaffe that Republicans rapidly pounced on.
Youngkin additionally stated he would “declare Virginia open for enterprise,” echoing country-wide conservative opposition to measures to curb the unfold of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, reminiscent of faculty closures and masks sporting. In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has used related language, garnering conservative help by warning towards measures like lockdowns.
The orders included one to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Fuel Initiative, an effort in a number of states to lower down on greenhouse gasoline emissions. There was additionally an order to set up a fee to fight antisemitism, and one other to fight human trafficking within the state.
Tyler Weyant contributed to this report.