I am devastated and heartbroken over the recent revelations in Virginia. It has been painful to reconcile what we have learned with the people I thought I knew. People I stood by, fought with, and voted for. However, the truth should always come to light. Recreational degradation of people of color has no place in our state. All survivors deserve to be believed and have the space and support to come forward. Today is no exception.
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"