One would think that an election in which the Democrats announced their support for tax increases and promptly got waxed at the polls would convince the Republicans in that state to avoid increasing taxes.
If so, one would not be aware of Emmett Hanger.
The apparent heir to John “What’s in Your Wallet” Chichester is at it again, with not one, not two, but three separate bills to reach into the pockets of Virginia taxpayers. Even worse, a large swath of his fellow Senate Republicans are along for the ride.
Here are the bills:
SB342, which lets counties and cities slap a transient occupancy tax on anyone who rents a room in their own house for less than one month: passed the Senate 31-9.
SB343, which would “annually adjust” (i.e., perpetually raise) the gas tax: also passed the Senate 31-9.
We can only hope that Speaker Howell consigns these to the circular file. The last thing we need is to have voters think the Virginia GOP is reaching for the tax-hike bottle again.