Walter Stosch — Tax Cutter!

I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never. Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, has sent out an e-mail under the banner of the Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust, on the subject of Tax Freedom Day. In Virginia, the day that we symbolically stop working to pay taxes to government and start working for ourselves is April 26.

Stosch used the occasion to celebrate the Old Dominion’s status as a “low tax” state. “Virginia state government and local governments collectively impose one of the lowest state and local tax burdens on their residents. Only eight states can match us. … We are all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. And the plain fact remains that the state and local tax burden born by Virginians is among the lightest in the nation.”

The Republican Majority Leader continued: “Since I have been in the Virginia Senate, we have enacted over 50 tax cuts, deductions and credits covering a host of activities. They now total over $1.5 billion in taxes Virginians would otherwise be paying each year.”

Interestingly, there was one set of facts that Stosch omitted from his e-mail: his support for the $700 million-per-year tax increase in 2004 and another $1 billion in tax increases this year. If the Senator wants to pose as a champion of government efficiency and fiscal integrity, that’s fine. But posturing as a tax cutter? Puh-lease.


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3 responses to “Walter Stosch — Tax Cutter!”

  1. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    According to the Post: “The cost of the war in Iraq will reach $320 billion after the expected passage next month of an emergency spending bill currently before the Senate, and that total is likely to more than double before the war ends, the Congressional Research Service estimated this week.”

    I know this is a Virginia-themed blog, but how about excoriating the national GOP for wasting a lot more money than this state ever could? It was a totally unnecessary war. And I’m not even counting the pork projects.

  2. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    This a blog about Virginia indeed.

  3. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    If you are going to beat up on Stosch for his record on raising taxes, why not include Bill Janis while you are at it? Look at the following bills that Janis votes in favor of: SUB HB3202, HB3202, HB5002, HB568. Then look at Stosch’s vote on S Sub to Sub HB3202 where he voted NO. While you are bashing Stosch, please include Janis while you are at it. Look at http://www.vote-smart.org

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