Kaine's budget plan is divulgedI'm not close enough to the details to know whether the cut in education funds is a sound move. But it is certainly unfortunate. And expected.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine will propose doubling Virginia's cigarette tax, cutting funds for public education and health care programs and eliminating more government jobs to help offset a $2.9 billion shortfall in the state budget, according to legislators who were briefed on the governor's plan Tuesday.
The budget plan also calls for more cuts to state colleges, shrinking a tax credit program for land conservation and giving corrections officials discretion to accelerate the release of nonviolent offenders. Kaine also wants to use nearly $500 million from the state's "rainy day" reserve fund to help balance the books, lawmakers said. [link]
But Kaine should have learned by now from those Democrats in other liberal states who went after cigarette sales that all he's going to do is drive them underground. Or to the internet. Over time, the commonwealth will gain nothing from the effort (other than to make liberals like Kaine feel good about themselves).
Expect those Indian tribes that have been seeking recognition to move with haste now. Sovereign nations, as you're probably aware, are not subject to such (punitive) (and arbitrary) taxation. Ask the Unkechaugs.