Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51) of Woodbridge today issued the following statement in response to the tabling of a bill in subcommittee that would give a parental leave tax credit to small businesses. Introduced by Delegate Ayala, the bill would have created an income tax credit for a portion of the salary or wages paid by small businesses to full-time employees while on leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
“Two years ago, House Republicans voted to mark Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as a day to mourn fetuses. One year ago, House Republicans quietly killed a resolution to change this so-called Day of Tears into a Day of Women. Is anyone shocked that the same people who voted to shame women do not believe in their equality? Eighty-one percent of Virginians support the ERA. We call on Republican leadership to bring the ERA to the floor of the House of Delegates for a full vote.”
Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on the House Floor of the General Assembly to denounce the furlough, now the longest in U.S. history at 23 days. Delegate Ayala gave her personal experience on having been furloughed in 2013 for three weeks.
"I am grateful to the Lake Ridge community for voicing their concerns and welcoming me. As your Delegate, I am committed to working with the parents, school leadership, law enforcement, and the Virginia Department of Transportation to create a permanent solution"
Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51st), along with Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Richard Holcomb, spent Thursday morning visiting DMV’s Woodbridge Customer Service Center. Both delegates received an in-depth look at DMV operations and visited with constituents.