Creigh Supports Tax Hikes…

By Too Conservative

Not just a line.

He admits it in the video below:


Comments

  • VA Bloger says:

    Is anybody actually buying this “there’s a lot of options on the table” line as genuine leadership?

  • Cato the Elder says:

    VAB: by “lots of options” he means he could a.) raise the gas tax, b.) raise the income tax, or c.) raise the sales tax.
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    Yep, looks like lots of options alright!

  • Steve Vaughan says:

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    Well, no. He ought to have a plan and he ought to say what it is. And it should probably be, we’ll raise the gas tax to pay for roads, that’s what it’s for. McDonnell’s plan is terrible, but at least he HAS a plan. There’s an old saying in politics that “you can’t beat something with nothing.” McDonnell’s plan ain’t much, but it is “something.”

  • edmundburkenator says:

    The more he sounds like a politician, the worse it will get for him.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Ok. Wait. “SUPPORTS TAX HIKES” is different from what he said on the video. I agree with Steve. This open-ended answer is coming off a little too cute. Get a plan.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    eddie: i can call you, eddie, can’t i, edmund? i actually agree with you.

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  • edmundburkenator says:

    I knew we would agree on something sooner or later.

  • G. Stone says:

    He has no choice.

    A. It is in his DNA
    B. If not in his DNA ,then it is in the DNA of the vast majority of his caucus mates. Leaving him the odd duck or odd man out and candidate most likely to cave like a cheap lawn chair.

    why is this surprising to anyone ?

  • The man is a Democrat. Of course he supports tax hikes. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be a Democrat.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    I am not surprised by this stmt and I expect to see it in a McDonnell ad soon.

    BTW Deeds is a politician – did anyone not know this??

  • All democrats are generous to a fault…with yours and my money.
    Asking them to dig into their own pockets results in a cocked head and a insulted look.

  • Being a politician and sounding like one are two different things. Did anyone not know this?
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    Growth in government = taxes or debt. Both parties do the growth thing, the only difference is one taxes the other borrows.

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  • Ed, c’mon. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. As the economy grows, tax revenue increases without the need to raise taxes. We had record revenues from 2004-2007 despite lower taxes. You can grow when you’ve got the money to grow. Otherwise, things need to stay the same or be cut.

  • Alfred E. Newman says:

    Tax hikes? Tax hikes?! Horrors! Run for the hills!

    Give me a break. Wouldn’t it be great if someone actually acknowledged that the state budget is chronically underfunded? Just take a look at the situation in VDOT, for example. Virginia is still suffering from the poor choices made by Allen and Gilmore, including building too many prisons and promising to eliminate the car tax without any plan to fund it.

    And by the way, Brian’s inference to the Laffer Curve fills me with giggles. I think that’s been tried at the Federal level and where has it gotten us?

    All I want is for our elected representative to start acting like grown ups and tell us what we need to know, not just what they think we want to hear. Government costs money, period. Lay out your vision and tell us how you want to fund it, and base the debate on that.

  • kelley in virginia says:

    alfred, maybe we just don’t need so much govt.

  • Alfred…I repeat- for the cheap seats.
    You just proved the point.
    “All democrats are generous to a fault…with yours and my money.”

  • I Bleed Obama Blue says:

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    “As the economy grows, tax revenue increases without the need to raise taxes.”
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    It is the inverse of the tenet above that has caused the current transportation funding crisis. We fund transportation with gasoline & car tax revenue. Both are drying up: We’re driving fewer miles in more fuel-efficient cars, of which we’re buying fewer. The only logical solution to this reality is to increase the tax rate to make up for the revenue shortfall. Raising the tax rate on a reduced taxable base, btw, does not “raise taxes”.
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    Well, Bobby Mac, who is ideologically prohibited from uttering the words “tax” and “increase” in the same sentence, says we should make-up the transportation shortfall by diverting funds from other sources. The problem is, that short-changes other priorities, like education. He also proposes that we sell the state-run liquor business, which generates $100 million/yr. for other priorities, for a one-time $500 million windfall to use for transportation. I call that short-sighted.
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    Meanwhile, Creigh is hedging his bets, because he knows as well as Bobby Mac that combining “tax” and “increase” in a sentence is politically dangerous to one’s election chances. Unfortunately, equivocating doesn’t satisfy anyone, especially when it comes to taxes or transportation.
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    I believe that Creigh should just speak the truth and propose funding transportation through an increase in the gas tax rate to restore the revenue lost through increased vehicle fuel efficiency and reduced driving. It is a solution that is tax – and revenue – neutral.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Edmund is shocked that politicians sound like politicians, 99.9% do however. Shocking but true.

  • John Millhiser says:

    Raise the tax for transportation? Raise the tax for education? Yes that’s what they do and then spend it on all the other pets and boondoggles for which the State is NOT responsible. I cannot believe that there are not enough projects and programs out there that are well beyond the constitutional pervue of the state which, if cut, could provide funding for needed items or maybe even a reduction?

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I’m shocked at very little these days LL.

  • The gas tax is an outmoded, regressive tax. The fact that it isn’t adequately funding transportation in today’s environment simply means that we need to find a new dedicated funding source for transportation, not raise a tax that makes it harder for people to get around and increases the costs of goods and services.
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    Government does cost money, but there’s far too much being done that is unnecessary and superfluous that can be streamlined. Before I’m willing to even consider the idea of raising taxes, I want to know that government is as efficient as we can make it. Only then should we be talking about increases.
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    The problem with Creigh and other Democrats is they seem to think tax increases should be the first resort, not the last resort.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    New Poll results:

    http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=10811055

    Asked of 526 likely voters

    Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.3%

    If the election for Virginia governor were today, would you vote for… (candidate names rotated) Republican Bob McDonnell? or Democrat Creigh Deeds?

    55% McDonnell (R)
    40% Deeds (D)
    5% Undecided

    Asked of 526 likely voters

    Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.3%

    Virginia will also elect a lieutenant governor. If the election for lieutenant governor were today, would you vote for… (candidate names rotated) Republican Bill Bolling? or Democrat Jody Wagner?

    54% Bolling (R)
    42% Wagner (D)
    4% Undecided

    Asked of 526 likely voters

    Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.4%

    Virginia will also elect an attorney general. If the election for attorney general were today, would you vote for… (candidate names rotated) Republican Ken Cuccinelli? or Democrat Steve Shannon?

    53% Cuccinelli (R)
    42% Shannon (D)
    6% Undecided

  • I Bleed Obama Blue says:

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    And from whence do you propose we get this “new dedicated funding source for transportation” if not from taxes, Brian? I mean SPECIFICALLY. Bobby Mac’s plan sure doesn’t have such a feature.
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    “Streamlining” the government is, of course, code for cutting services. That’s not much easier to sell to voters than raising taxes. Not to mention that “streamlining” will not create a new dedicated funding source.
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    The problem with Bobby Mac and other Republicans is that they don’t seem to think tax increases should EVER even be considered an option.

  • RichmondDem says:

    That is excellent news for John McCain, LL!

  • RichmondDem says:

    “The problem with Creigh and other Democrats is they seem to think tax increases should be the first resort, not the last resort.”
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    The problem with Republicans is that we could be releasing felons from jail due to lack of funds, and they’d still be lobbying for tax cuts.

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  • Loudoun Lady says:

    RD, Take a look at the numbers for Northern VA.

  • IBOB, if “creating efficiencies” don’t lead to dedicated income funding sources, why is that the primary way (other than a major tax increase on the rich) that Obama claims he’ll fund his health care plan?
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    I’m certain that if one were to go through the entire Virginia government and budget they could find multiple instances of overlapping jurisdictions and overlapping responsibilities that could be streamlined. I remember Tim Kaine holding up an org chart for the Virginia workforce development system that had 40+ agencies on it during a National Governors Association meeting I attended last year. I can’t imagine that workforce development isn’t the only area where we’re wasting money. Like I said – tax increases should be the last resort and I don’t think anyone has faith that Richmond has cut all the fat in the budget at this point. I certainly don’t.

  • novamiddleman says:

    As you can see from the posts. The tax issue is a clear delinifier between Democrats and Republicans and one of the few remianing uniters amongst Republicans. Heck, its why I am still a Republican today for example.

    Doesn’t matter how you spin it the democrats will get crushed if this is the main issue.

  • loudouninNC says:

    I find it hard to differentiate between new taxes and ploys like the 85/95 tolls that Bob is proposing. This seems to me to be the same thing: a user fee. Whether or not the money comes from a gas tax or a toll road, it “taxes” the users of the road, be they Virginians or out-of-staters. The difference seems to be that a toll road on the VA-NC border would be taxing drivers at the southern end of the state only and redistributing the money statewide.

    The other pill I’m finding hard to swallow is the ABC privatization. I simply cannot understand how Republicans are lining up to support this in this election. Delegate Poisson (D) proposed this, albeit a slightly different version, a year or two ago and got shot down faster than fat through a goose.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Like I said, LL, EXCELLENT news for John McCain! And Terry McAuliffe, too!

  • FedUp says:

    Road maintenance and construction should be the number priority right now, but VDOT is forced to rely on stagnant user fees – fuels tax, motor vehicle sales & use tax, vehicle license tax, 1/8 of the state sales and use tax, and tolls – and has been cut off from the $15 billion in the general fund, which has grown at a much faster rate than VDOT revenues and is used to pay for a multitude of wasteful programs. So even if they did cut the waste from general government, it would not benefit VDOT. The funding structure needs to be changed so VDOT can receive a fair share of the general fund. No tax hikes are necessary.

  • I Bleed Obama Blue says:

    “I certainly don’t [have] faith that Richmond has cut all the fat in the budget at this point.”

    Fess up, Brian: You’ll NEVER have faith that Richmond isn’t larding the budget w/fat. It’s an ideologically impossibility.

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