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Governor Gives No Timetable for Tax Restructuring

Recent entries by Growls bloggers have discussed the interest of Governor Mark Warner (D) in tax restructuring, including his denial that it's a Trojan Horse for state tax increases. An Associated Press article in today's Washington Times says Governor Warner "has committed himself to reforming the state's antiquated tax code since he mustered enough votes from Democratic senators to block Republican plans to end the estate tax." The story highlights remarks to the Virginia Education Association, which contributed $10,000 to Governor Warner's 2001 election campaign. Apparently refuting the Governor's denial that his primary interest in tax restructuring is to raise additional tax revenues, the AP story says, "Providing more revenue for public education figures heavily into any discussion of tax reform from Mr. Warner, as it did Friday in a speech to hundreds of VEA members in Richmond for a weekend convention. "This is going to be one of the most important years for public education in a decade," Mr. Warner told the teachers."

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