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    United Daughters of the Confederacy Would Lose Virginia Tax Breaks if Youngkin Signs Off

    RICHMOND, Va. — Legislation that would end tax benefits for the United Daughters of the Confederacy — the Richmond-based women's group that helped erect many of the country's Confederate monuments — is on its way to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who hasn't said whether he supports it.

    The Democratic-led House of Delegates gave final passage Monday to a bill that would eliminate both a recordation and property tax exemption for the group. A separate, companion measure that reached final passage last week also eliminates those exemptions.

    The bills have moved through the legislature with mostly party-line support and relatively little debate. The few individuals who have spoken out against the legislation have called it discriminatory, while supporters argued the tax benefits have amounted to state-sponsored subsidies for Confederate monuments and are out of line with 21st-century values.

    “Since Virginia no longer supports the legacy of the Confederacy, we need to reflect that in our legislation,” Democratic Sen. Angelia Williams Graves of , the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said in a legislative hearing.

    The group for over a century has “spread the lie” of the Lost Cause — an ideology that downplayed the role slavery played in the Civil War — and “instilled fear in marginalized groups by erecting Confederate monuments around the United States,” Williams Graves said.

    The nonprofit group, which owns…

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