Monday, February 25, 2013

VA Republicans Agree to Largest Tax Increase in State History

Idiots. You had a good plan and you screwed it up and screwed us in the process.
Go home, before you do something really stupid.

VA Republicans Agree to Largest Tax Increase in State History
A group of the state's most influential conservative activists and bloggers wrote an open letter last weekend saying if the bill is "fully implemented," it would "cost Virginia taxpayers over $1.3 billion in new taxes" and, "with the economy on a knife’s edge, additional taxes would damage employment (by raising the cost of business), consumption (by raising overall prices), and the overall business environment."

"This is not the time to raise taxes on hard-working Virginian employers and employees," the letter said.

The letter also said "this violation of faith damages our democracy in incalculable ways."
“Every Republican statewide official (and most legislators) were elected on a promise not to raise taxes,” the conservative activists said in the letter. “This bill erodes the credibility of all future candidates and the ability of voters to hold said candidates accountable.”

As Norm Leahy, an influential Virginia conservative, wrote last weekend, when McDonnell was running for governor in 2009, he got into trouble when he told a reporter that he had "no plans to raise taxes."

Those words did not sit well with conservatives then.

When asked to clarify his remarks in 2009, McDonnell's campaign said then, "Bob McDonnell will not raise taxes as governor. Virginians know Bob McDonnell, and they know where he stands. They know he keeps his word..."
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