In an editorial this morning:
What do they want to do about transportation?I'll not speak for "these folks." They have opened themselves up to this kind of criticism. As Jim Bacon aptly wrote yesterday: "People want the road improvements, they just want someone else to pay for them." Or so it seems.
By Dan Radmacher
As an anonymous commentator on the Bacon's Rebellion blog said, "So wait a second -- 'anti-tax conservative activists' are suing to overturn a bill that is the direct result of the refusal of 'anti-tax conservative activists' to raise needed revenue by actually raising taxes, rather than raising funds with phony stunts? Amazing."
Amazing, but true.
... I still find myself asking what these folks do want. They don't want statewide taxes. They don't want the state to borrow money. They don't want regional taxes or impact fees. (link)
As for me, I recognized early on that the transportation budget compromise that was hammered out by the legislature was a bullet dodged. Key word being compromise. A word my conservative friends need to learn to love and embrace. At least in circumstances like this.
Now they find themselves in bed with those, like Radmacher, who want our taxes raised to solve a problem that has already been solved. I hope they enjoy one another's company.
As for Dan's question ("I still find myself asking what these folks do want"), I'll let Geoffrey F. Segal ("Virginia Spending and Budget Reform") answer:
The real problem facing our state is the average annual growth in spending of 8.12 percent between 1997 and 2006. If this continues we will face another tax battle in a few years and it will make last year’s “mud fight” look tame in comparison.He wrote this two years ago and, just as he predicted, another tax battle looms. The surplus, massive a few short months ago, has apparently evaporated. Spent.
Taxes aren't the problem. Until we control the out-of-control, we will forever be fighting over funding. Forever.
A note to my conservative friends: For those of you who now want the transportation compromise revisited, the lion's den awaits. Dan will welcome you with sharpened talons and a thirst for blood.