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General Assembly's Chief Tax Increaser at it Again

Today's Washington Post reports, "Senator John Chichester, the Stafford County Republican who led this year's campaign to increase spending on traffic problems, called yesterday on politicians and the public to rally behind new efforts to finance transportation projects." The paper noted that in this year's General Assembly, "Chichester proposed raising an assortment of fees to increase transportation funding by $800 million a year, but the plan was dropped during tense negotiations about the budget and taxes." The Senate's 'resident tax increaser' "blasted" a transportation plan proposed two weeks ago by several Northern Virginia Republicans. He also said general funds should not be used to pay for transportation projects, but never explained why not except to say it should be used for special interests that he favors. Stay tuned!


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