Senators work late on revamped budget proposalHere's the harsh truth: the House has no reason to compromise now and every reason not to. The people of Virginia have never supported Governor Kaine's stunt - that being his discovering the need for a massive tax increase as soon as he got in office, one that he had opposed prior.
Senators mulled a half-dozen transportation measures Wednesday, preparing one last package of statewide and regional roads, rails and transit measures.
Senate leaders were busy Wednesday evening recasting their statewide transportation proposal. They were also preparing bills to establish regional taxing, tolling and road- and transit-building authorities in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
The new proposals were privately viewed as probably the last chance to budge the House, which is against new taxes. (link)
And now that gasoline prices are going through the roof, for the Governor and the Senate to continue to demand an increase in citizens' tax burden, a portion of which involves an increase in the tax on gasoline at the wholesale level, especially at a time when the government is sitting on a massive revenue surplus, the Governor's pals know they've made a grievous error.
The Senate is looking for a way out of this. Soon the members will be begging for one.
A saying from my youth advises: Never kick a man when he's down. What I've learned in my short life calls for just the opposite.
I say, end their shenanigans once and for all. It's time the House called for a tax cut.
Update 04/27/06 7:41pm: Looks like I'm late to the party. Jim (and Chad) had already pounced on this story.