Is Gov. Bob McDonnell a wise man? I don’t know exactly how to quantify such a thing. I just know that TAX TAX TAX Transportation Tax Plan (HB 2313) of his reeks, and he still has not figured it out. Here is an excerpt of what he sent out in an email on Sunday.
You already know about our transportation legislation. It was an historic moment for Virginia. Republicans and Democrats came together to find common ground, make hard decisions, and finally get the first major transportation funding package passed in 27 years. National conservative pundit Jennifer Rubin wrote about that victory: “…pragmatic conservatism produced one of the most successful legacies of any governor in recent memory.” I certainly appreciate the kind words. More than anything I appreciate the fact that Virginians finally have a transportation funding plan that will get them to work and back quicker, save them money that is currently being wasted by sitting in traffic, and help our private-sector job creators to continue to expand and create the good paying jobs our citizens need. Last year CNBC dropped Virginia to #3 in their rankings of “Best States for Business.” And they specifically and directly cited an ongoing lack of transportation funding as one of the chief reasons. That’s unacceptable. Virginia must have a strong and robust economy where all our residents can find good paying jobs. This bill helps ensure that will remain the case. It was a critical piece of our ongoing work to bring more jobs to Virginia.
Undoubtedly, they are some folks who think a TAX TAX TAX Transportation Tax Plan is a good idea. There are, unfortunately, people more interested in moving other folks money into their own pockets than they are anything else. However, there are plenty of Republicans who can see the Virginia Commonwealth already has all the money it needs; it is just not spending it wisely. And McDonnell’s TAX TAX TAX Transportation Tax Plan does not address that problem in any way, shape, or form.
Thus, on Monday, Republicans started letting our “Conservative” governor and the Republican majority in the Virginia General Assembly have it with both barrels. Here are some of the more prominent local responses.
The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance wrote an open letter opposing HB 2313. See Virginia Republicans About to Commit Suicide with Higher Taxes.
Candidates for office are running against tax hike HB 2313. Here, for example, is some of what Susan Stimpson, Lt. Governor candidate, and Chairman, Stafford County Board of Supervisors, had to say in an email today.
Thanks to Republicans, we have $6.1 billion in tax increases to look forward to over the next five years, including:
- Sales tax hiked from 5 to 5.3 percent (6 percent in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads)
- Diesel tax hiked roughly 5 cents per gallon (wholesale tax)
- Personal property tax hiked from 3.5 percent to 4.3 percent
- Tangible personal property tax hiked to 5 percent
- 3 percent Northern Virginia hotel tax
- Car tax hiked from 3 percent to 4 percent in 2013, and up to 4.3 percent in 2016
- A tax on wholesale gasoline of 3.5% (one gallon of gas is currently almost $4 so this wholesale tax equals 14 cents per gallon which negates the argument that the gas tax has been eliminated).
- An internet tax which, if the federal government is unable to implement, will increase the wholesale gasoline tax from 3.5% to 5.1%
In order to pass their tax increases, Republicans cut a backroom deal with Democrats to clear the way for Medicaid expansion and Obamacare implementation with a super committee style process that will control the vote—freeing them from a tough decision.
Democrats have declared victory. They stuck to their principles and won. They got bigger government, higher taxes, more spending.
Republicans leaders willingly surrendered our principles.
And time is only going to make this deal stink even worse. Remember the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback as they were termed by the media—the infamous “incentives” used to secure support from members of Congress to vote for the passage of Obamacare? Wait until you see what trickles out about the bridges to nowhere and giveaways used to entice Republicans lawmakers to abandon conservative principles.
With Governor McDonnell, Speaker Howell, and Senator Norment leading the effort to raise taxes on Virginians by $6 billion dollars and clear the way for implementation of Obamacare, the Republican State Convention on May 18 takes on enormous significance.
The state is using its coercive power to take away our freedom because they are unwilling to make hard choices within their existing budget as our Board in Stafford County did. We cut taxes, cut spending and reduced general personnel to 2004 levels. Stafford County is thriving because conservative governing WORKS.
Best of all, radio talking show host Mark Levin, a resident of Loudoun County, devoted most of the opening segments of his show on Monday blasting the Virginia Republicans who supported and voted for HB 2313. Check out the 02/25 The Mark Levin Show. Levin will leave you with no uncertainty that HB 2313 is a rotten bill.