Really? Is there something in the works that will make 2008 different from 2006 when the governor demanded a massive tax increase and Republicans (in the House) refused him? Don't count on it.
Kaine sees possible road consensus
By Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday said evidence is emerging of a consensus on a fix for the state's $1 billion transportation gap.
"There is quite a bit," he told reporters yesterday morning, without specifying the areas of agreement.
Consensus even from House Republicans?
"Absolutely," he responded. "Absolutely."
Kaine said this week that he will roll out his plan to fix the funding gap within 10 days at the same time he announces a June special session of the legislature to act on a plan. (link)
That next-to-last paragraph:
"Increases in the gas tax, the state sales tax and the auto titling tax are among the proposals that have been floated as ways to raise the revenue. Kaine noted that the current rates of all of those taxes are among the lowest in the nation."
How does that saying go about stupidity being characterized by an attempt to do the same things over and over again and expecting different results?
If "consensus" means caving in and doing things his way, I somehow doubt that we're close to consensus.
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The editorial page, by the way, is a bit skeptical of the notion as well, writing in this morning's paper:
Bulletin: A new poll reports that 75 percent of voters in Hampton Roads oppose regional sales taxes for roads, and 83 percent reject a regional fuel tax. Moreover, 68 percent oppose an increase in state taxes on gasoline. The survey shows an even split on an increase in the state sales tax.A hard sell indeed.
Hampton Roads suffers some of the state's worst congestion, or so drivers fortunate to live in Richmond hear. If our neighbors to the southeast oppose taxes by margins wider than the Chesapeake, then those pushing transportation taxes will have a hard sell. (link)