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House Finance Committee Was the 'First Dance'

On Wednesday, February 4, the Finance Committee of the House of Delegates, voted to kill virtually every tax bill that came before it. The only tax bill approved "was a measure to eliminate the extate tax, which passed the legislature last year but was vetoed by (Governor Mark) Warner (D)," said the Washington Post [registration may be required]. According to Delegate Franklin Hall (D), in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "House Republicans won yesterday, he said, but 'the war will go on for the rest of the session.'" House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) is quoted in the Post article saying, "This is only the first dance." The Virginian-Pilot points out the tax fight now "shifts to the House Appropriations Committee as it drafts its budget proposal" and its chairman, Vince Callahan (R-McLean). Delegate Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) said, according to the Northern Virginia Journal, "I think we said we don't want new taxes, point blank."

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