Susan Stimpson, Chairman, Stafford County Board of Supervisors, is running for Lt. Governor. So she wants you to know where she stands on taxes. Here is an email she sent out on 23 Jan 2013.
This past Saturday night the Lynchburg Tea Party and Liberty University Law School hosted a forum for the Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor. While we had a great discussion, some did not forcefully address the topic of the Governor’s transportation plan. I addressed it head on and stated my opposition to this tax increase. I don’t know about you, but I could not be more frustrated with our Republican Party right now.
Thanks to the hard work of grassroots conservatives we have a Republican governor, Republican House and Republican Senate. Do we get tax and spending cuts? No. We get a Republican plan to raise taxes.
Watch Susan’s comments to the Lynchburg Tea Party on the tax increase:
In 2004 Virginians were forced to shoulder a nearly $1.5 billion tax increase we were told would fix transportation. We know today that not a dime of that money was spent fixing
transportation. If Governor McDonnell is successful in raising the sales tax and abolishing the gas tax, you can bet Democrats, and some Republicans, will work overtime to reinstate a gas tax on top of the sales tax increase. Even worse, there is no lockbox on transportation funds so if history is any indication, your tax dollars will be squandered growing government.
Virginians are taxed too much already at the local, state and federal level. That is why I’ve fought successfully to lower the tax burden as Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, and will continue to do so. And that’s a big reason I am running for Lieutenant Governor. I have seen Richmond grow government and hide spending by passing it down to the localities in the form of mandates—and we still managed to cut our budget and reduce taxes while running a budget surplus.
Our problem is not that government does not have enough money – in fact it has more than enough. Virginia’s budget has more than doubled since 2000. In the last three years we have seen the size of the state workforce grow.
Our problem is that government does not focus the money it takes from us on the highest priorities and the legitimate roles of government. There are cuts to be made and transportation funding needs to come from the general fund.
I am for transportation reforms that promote solutions at lower cost, and for focusing more of our state revenues on transportation projects. I am also open to reforms in our revenue sources to achieve this. But I am adamantly opposed to anything that increases the overall tax burden on Virginians, and believe we must pursue means to achieve tax relief on Virginia families and small businesses. Any transportation plan should be at a minimum revenue-neutral on the overall state budget.
I believe we need innovative transportation solutions toward alleviating congestion, particularly ones that promote private sector initiatives for moving people and commerce while leveraging free market competition.
If you share my opposition to this Republican tax increase, I hope you will join our campaign and sign up to be a delegate for our campaign at the May 18th Republican Convention. Sign up here
What are the legitimate roles of government? That is a question we should ask everyone running for public office. Here is why. Our politicians think it is okay to take our money from us and spend it on their supporters. That is stealing, but we have been educated by government-run schools to think otherwise. Therefore, we shamelessly use taxes to steal from each other, and we are going bankrupt.