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VPM Daily Newscast: February 22, 2022

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.        

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, February 22, 2022 

New poll finds Virginia voters mixed on Governor’s tax proposals 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen and Sara McCloskey 

The Wason Center at Christopher Newport University  surveyed more than 700 registered voters on a range of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposals. Although his proposal to repeal the grocery tax is popular, most Virginians appear to want more state spending instead of lighter taxes. Almost sixty percent of those polled say they want to see the surplus money spent on underfunded programs, like education, public safety and social services, rather than cutting taxes. 

Coal tar sealants allowed to remain in Virginia after bill is struck down
Reported by VPM News Intern Meghan McIntyre 

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates killed legislation that would have given localities the option to ban the use of coal tar sealants. Coal tar-based sealant is a thick black liquid used in many parking lots, driveways and playgrounds as a way to protect underlying asphalt. As the sealant wears overtime, dust containing a toxic chemical called PAH can end up in rivers, streams and be tracked into homes. Despite concerns about health and environmental impacts, critics say a ban on these sealants is not necessary.

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