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Some Inconvenient Questions for General Assembly Candidates

All 140 seats in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly will be on the ballot in the November 2007 elections. A major project of the General Assembly this past winter was passing a transportation bill, HB3202. As a result, incumbents will be telling us what great things they’ve done while the challengers will be making their promises.

Citizens may want to ask the the candidate(s) just how much better off we are in 2007 compared to 1970. That question came to mind when we saw the latest numbers on Virginia’s state and local tax burden from the Tax Foundation.

For the years 1970, 1971 and 1972, the state and local tax burdens (and ranking with 1 being tops) were:

  • 1970/9.0%/35
  • 1971/8.8%/41
  • 1972/9.2%/40

The comparable numbers for 2005, 2006 and 2007 were:

  • 2005/10.2%/33
  • 2006/10.1%/32
  • 2007/10.3%/33

That's a 14.4% increase in the state and local tax burden since 1970 with taxes set to rise in future years with passage of the HB3202 transportation bill. Taxpayers may want to ask the candidates running for the General Assembly some inconvenient questions. For example, with that higher state and local tax burden today versus 1970, just how much better off are we, or exactly who has benefited from the higher tax burden? Take a look at the Tax Foundation's numbers to see just how the tax burden has grown over the years.

 

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