Friday, January 20, 2006

RPV Issues Call To Action

RPV CALL TO ACTION Earlier this morning, the Senate of Virginia unveiled their transportation plan at a press conference at the State Capitol. The press conference was attended by the following Republican Senators: John Chichester, Charles Hawkins, Fred Quayle, John Watkins, Marty Williams, Nick Rerras and Frank Wagner. Senator Chichester announced the following revenue initiatives; including raising the motor vehicle sales tax from 3% to 5% and removing the sales tax exemption on gas: --Remove 2 percent discount on motor vehicle sales, phased in at ½ percent annually over four years; --Remove sales tax exemption on gas, phased over four years; --Remove sales tax exemption on auto repairs in FY 2009; --Apply same tax rate for diesel fuel as gasoline (17.5 cents per gallon); --Increase vehicle registration fee by $10 for all vehicles and an additional $10 for SUVs; --Encourage tolls, congestion pricing and HOT lanes for willing buyer/seller; Please contact the legislators listed above TODAY, as well as your own legislator. Their contact information may be obtained by following this link: http://legis.state.va.us/ Governor Tim Kaine has a press conference scheduled later today in which he will outline various revenue proposals for transportation that are reportedly very similar to this proposal. Below is a statement issued by Chairman Kate Obenshain Griffin, followed by an article in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Virginia has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. There is record revenue growth and an expanding budget surplus well over $1 billion. While there are many critical needs facing our Commonwealth, government and our elected leaders must live within their means by controlling spending and establishing budget priorities.” –Kate Obenshain Griffin

8 Comments:

At 1/20/2006 04:37:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

What the Devil does that mean, Kate? Exactly what are you urging Republicans to do? What are we supposed to say to our legislators?

This is meaningless rhetoric. Until the RPV gets some meat on its intellectual and philosophic bones, it shouldn't go out in public with this kind of ephemeral nonsense. there may be a few Republicans who think this means something, but I'm sure their numbers don't exceed single digits.

Is the RPV saying that the Senate plan is a bad one? If so, what are its defects? Are there elements that are OK and others that are not OK? Does it all stink? I defy anyone to extract that from this statement. How should we go about attacking it? What is the RPV Transportation Plan?

If you issue a "Call to Action" you had better have an idea what that action is. Contacting your legislators, without more, doesn't send shivers up and down my spine.

One could make the argument that RPV should not insert itself into this type of legislative issue - that its function is to facilitate the electoral success of GOP candidates etc. But if the RPV is going to put itself on public display, it ought to look like it knows what it is doing.

This is embarrassing. And I just got my new card yesterday.

 
At 1/20/2006 05:06:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

It's simple NOVA Scout. When the state is running BILLION DOLLAR SURLPLUSES we should not be increasing taxes! Now, she's not tying their hands, but perhaps they should get to work and identify some spending cuts and move some of that surplus into the transportation fund instead of the other way.

Give 'em hell Kate!

 
At 1/20/2006 05:31:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

RE: if that's your idea of giving someone hell, I wouldn't want you on my side in a fight. To me that's empty blather with no discernible content.

 
At 1/20/2006 06:34:00 PM, Blogger nova_middle_man said...

We need to be smart here. That letter was written in a knee jerk reaction. Everybody calm down. The house republicans will release a plan and then there will be debate on each transportation plan. There will be plenty of time to sort this out

 
At 1/20/2006 06:43:00 PM, Anonymous Suedehead said...

NOVA scout is on to something. If Kate was respected (or feared), no way the Senate gives Potts a pass for doing the worst possible thing to Kilgore - running as an Ind. and constantly attacking him. I like Kate, but RPV is toothless, if you ask me.

 
At 1/20/2006 09:40:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

Suedehead: I'm always on to something, if not ON something. It's the mix between the two that is the challenge.

 
At 1/21/2006 01:05:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

The Senate "moderates" don't care what Kate says, or what anyone else says for that matter.
I must agree with NOVA middle-man that this probably was a knee jerk reaction and we will see a House proposal in due time.

 
At 1/21/2006 06:32:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Except that she didn't say anything. The quote attributed to her at the end of the release is generic civics. Everyone in the state, D or R, would agree with that sentiment if you asked them about it.

 

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