Transportation fixesNot to be outdone by the Democrats, Senate Finance Committee Chairman John H. Chichester, Republican, is proposing a few tax increases of his own:
Under two plans to improve state's roads, you could pay....
By Jeff E. Schapiro and Tyler Whitley, Times-Dispatch Staff Writers
• a higher tax on car purchases
• a higher tax on car insurance
• higher fees to register vehicles
• higher fines for traffic offenses
• a new tax on auto repairs
The governor and the Senate's top budget writer yesterday rolled out highway-financing plans paved with new taxes, triggering the equivalent of road rage among opponents. (link)
[He] is pushing additional titling taxes ... and favors a tax on the wholesale gasoline prices that would likely be passed to consumers.All this despite the fact that the state is awash in cash. Right now the government is sitting on a $1 billion surplus.
Those of you who voted for these clowns deserve this. As do all you who sat on your dead asses and chose not to vote in November. Many of us warned you - repeatedly - that this was what was going to happen when a Democrat - any Democrat - (leaving Chichester out for now) gets in office. You have no right to complain now.
The rest of us can only hope now that the Republicans in the General Assembly find their collective spines someday soon and block this reprehensible - and completely unnecessary - slate of taxes.