Virginia Tax RebellionAccording to the editorial, our budget surplus has grown to $2.5 billion. In two years. They's a whole mess of roads to be built with that kind of cash.
Big news from Richmond, Virginia: Republicans are starting to act like, well, Republicans again.
Last week a gang of conservative GOP members in the general assembly foiled Democratic Governor Tim Kaine's plan to raise $1.4 billion in car, gasoline and diesel taxes to pay for more roads and mass transit. This was a victory against long odds, because the renegade house members were lined up against the Governor, powerful Republicans in the state senate, elements of the business community and the state's largely pro-tax media.
Governor Kaine says he'll keep pushing his campaign, and Democrats are accusing Republicans of forcing the state into endless gridlock. Republicans respond that they also want new roads but not new taxes to pay for them when state coffers are overflowing with cash. (link)
And what's left over ... We want it back.