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The Governor's Tax-Hike Scheme

PETER FERRARA has a column on "tax restructuring" in today's Northern Virginia Journal (link requires subscription). Excerpt:

As reported in the Post [and in Growls] on February 25, Warner plans to propose a "tax reform" plan in Virginia next year involving a major tax increase. Virginia needs more taxes to increase government spending more, Warner believes.

But how will he get the tax increase past the Republican majorities that now prevail in the state legislature?

Warner told the Post that some moderate Republicans facing primary challenges this summer have assured him privately that they will be his allies in the tax restructuring effort.

Warner actually didn't name these stealth tax-increase Republicans. But it is clear as a bell who they are. State Sen. Russell Potts, R-Winchester,), Senate President John Chichester, R-Fredericksburg, and Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg, all serve on the Senate Finance Committee, with Chichester serving as chairman.

Plenty more details in that column, if you're a Journal website subscriber. If I can find a public copy, I'll post the link here as well.