Role Reversal in the Shenandoah?
Earlier this year, fellow bloggers have taken Virginia's governor Mark Warner (D) to task for delaying his plans to restructure Virginia's taxes (see first and then). To his credit, Speaker William Howell (R) has reiterated that any tax restructuring will be revenue-neutral. Now comes the co-chair of the commission, Senator Emmett Hangar (R-Mt. Solon), charged with developing the tax restructuring plan, weighing in with a comment suggesting Virginians will likely be paying higher taxes in the future. According to the August Free Press, in a debate on Tuesday evening, Senator Hanger's opponent, Steve Sisson (D) said Hanger "is pushing in the legislature for what would be the largest tax increase in the history of the Old Dominion. Hanger, surprisingly, didn't debate the point" at the forum sponsored by the Waynesboro Junior Women's Club. In fact, Hanger said, "If we do nothing, we're probably looking at having to increase taxes as it is, and we're probably looking at a tax increase in the area of right at $1 billion a year." Don't these politicians ever consider cutting expenditures? Afterall, cutting expenditures will also balance a budget just as surely as will raising taxes.