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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Way to pay lip service to transportation "issues"!

Thank you VA General Assembly! Delegates who have no business in deciding how people from Northern Virginia are taxed have told us that we cannot put a .0025 on our sales tax. In other words for every $100 you spend, you would pay one friggin' quarter!

"The four delegates on the subcommittee who represent jurisdictions served by Metro and a Democrat from southwestern Virginia voted for the bill. Three Republicans from Northern Virginia whose constituents would not have been taxed voted against it, as did two GOP lawmakers from the Richmond suburbs."

Great...we have Delegates in other parts of Virginia making decisions for us here in NOVA. That would be akin to a state government in Kansas saying that they know our budget situation better than we do in Virginia!

"In discussing their opposition, delegates from the Washington suburbs said that they believed there were other ways to raise the money, though they did not cite any specific alternatives."

That's right there are no specific alternatives. It's like the Delegates who voted against this measure want a magical fairy to come along and sprinkle fairy dust on OUR transportation situation to make it all better. That might happen in the "No-tax even if our mother's needed it" Republican Fantasy Land, but it doesn't work in the real world!

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