RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is urging the federal government to grant tax breaks on donations to the victims of a recent mass shooting.
Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday saying that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund performs an "essential government function."
Northam urged the IRS to issue a similar finding so that donations to the fund, which was established by the United Way, are tax deductible.
Northam said the fund has received more than $3 million in donations from thousands of contributors so far.