Why the House Isn’t Folding this Time

The Danville Register & Bee has published some insight into to the thinking of two Republican delegates from Southside who supported the 2004 tax increase but oppose raising taxes in 2006.

Said Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, of the 2004 tax hike: “I thought it was the right thing to do.” He made his decision based on calls he received from teachers in his district who were worried about education spending and from Pittsylvania County sheriff’s deputies who were on food stamps. “That was then, this is now. … The difference to me is when I look at the needs of our region. … I’m not saying that transportation doesn’t need to be fixed in the state, but we are doing fine.”

Del. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham, also voted for the tax increase in 2004. “At the end of the day, I felt it was important to support a compromise that kept the state funded,” he said, citing concern about a possible government shutdown and the loss of Virginia’s AAA bond rating. “I just don’t see the need to do that in 2006. People in Southside Virginia are adamantly opposed to raising the gas tax.”


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4 responses to “Why the House Isn’t Folding this Time”

  1. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    We’ll see if the House folds if there is a special sesssion. Gov Kaine only needs 9, not 17, to go wobbly again, right?

  2. Anonymous Avatar

    It hasn’t really sunk in back home for Danny and Robert that the House plan cuts the colleges, cuts the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to bring in new employers, cuts out the Route 58 money in the introduced budget, and spends the savings so a handful of Northern Virginia and Tidewater Republicans can buy the bandaids to get past (and just barely past) the next election. When that has been in the Danville Register two or three weeks running, we’ll see.

  3. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Anon: Actual cuts in spending or cuts in the rate of growth of spending? I’d like to know more about the Opportunity Fund. Do you have a web site that provides details?

  4. Anonymous Avatar

    In some cases, actual cuts and in many cases, cuts in the rate of growth. But there were specific highway projects in the governor’s budget (Route 58) trimmed from the House list. And the governor proposed a $21 million infusion into the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund which the House trimmed to $11.5 million. The House claims there is a $13 million available balance as of Jan. 30, while the administration says most of that is earmarked and there is only $3 million unallocated. From the outside, all I know is one of them is wrong but I couldn’t tell you which.

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