The House Outlines its Legislative Agenda

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has outlined the legislative agenda advanced by Speaker William J. Howell and other senior members of the House of Delegates. Highlights:

  • Cut taxes: eliminate the estate tax, create a “back to school” sales tax holiday, and revive the phase-out of the car tax, which was frozen during hard budget times several years ago.
  • Clean up the Bay: Dedicate $500 million over 10 years to Chesapeake Bay clean-up.
  • Reform Health Care: Create individual “health savings accounts,” create tax credits to encourage people to buy private long-term health-care insurance, and allow small businesses to band together to buy employee health care.
  • Reform Transportation Oversight: Allow the legislature, rather than the governor, to appoint some members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board; create a commission to oversee agencies with transportation authority; and let local governments award contracts for local roads.

Del. Leo Wardrup, chairman of the transportation committee, also proposes shifting revenue streams from the General Fund to the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for additional transportation improvements.

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2 responses to “The House Outlines its Legislative Agenda”

  1. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    I don’t see ‘limit spending’ on here.

  2. Ray Hyde Avatar

    allow small businesses to band togeher to buy health care. What a revolutionay idea: lower the costs by increasing the size of the pool.

    Sort of like what we do with providing infrastructure.

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