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Kaine Sets Sights on PWC Delegates

By Greg L | 29 November 2006 | Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 2 Comments

Earlier this week the Washington Post covered Governor Kaine’s recent ride around Northern Virginia where the Governor had the opportunity to enjoy some of the transportation problems that many of us are faced with on a daily basis. The Post reported:

Kaine weighed in yesterday on another Northern Virginia land-use question, commenting on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ recent decision to consider a 12-month moratorium on home building to send a message to Richmond that more money is needed for roads.

The governor said that Prince William voters ought to contact two of their state delegates — L. Scott Lingamfelter and Jeffrey M. Frederick, two Republicans on the House Finance Committee who helped defeat the major transportation proposals in September. If voters really want transportation solutions out of Richmond, Kaine said, they might think about replacing those two.

“I understand their frustration,” Kaine said. “It’s a huge frustration. But the good news is it can be solved. All it takes to solve it is to make that change.”

Lingamfelter said last night that he stands by his votes because they make good on his promise to oppose higher taxes. “I have kept my promise,” Lingamfelter said. “Governor Kaine has not.”

It’s interesting that the Governor credits two Prince William County Republican members of the House of Delegates with foiling his plan to raise taxes. Particularly inspiring is that despite Jeff Frederick’s rookie status as a legislator, he’s managed to fight so effectively for fiscal responsibility that the Governor has noticed his contribution and singled him out for speciall recognition. I’m rather impressed.

Yes, Governor Kaine, we are terribly frustrated by the fact that your failed leadership has resulted in deadlock within the General Assembly which is preventing a solution for transportation improvements despite the fact that the state has more money flowing into it than it is legally allowed to spend. Yes we’re frustrated that while we had about $2 billion in surplus funds available to finance improvements, every proposal you offered for using this money was in regard to something other than transportation. And we’re terribly frustrated that when the voters elected you based on your pledge of fiscal responsibility, you immediately broke that pledge and raised our taxes and have yet to do anything meaningful with the hundreds of millions of unallocated revenues this tax increase will generate this fiscal year.

It’s much easier to blame a freshman member of the House of Delegates rather than take responsibility as Governor for this continuing failure. If Delegate Frederick can influence legislative priorities more than the Governor, perhaps we should start talking about swapping a few positions here. He’s at least being recognized for exhibiting actual leadership.



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2 Comments

  1. Andy H said on 29 Nov 2006 at 5:03 pm:
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    Judging from what I hear from people in Manassas, it’s getting near to the time when we have to break out the torches and pitchforks.

  2. Jeff Frederick said on 30 Nov 2006 at 8:20 pm:
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    While I generally make it a habit to avoid blogs, someone recommended I check out this post. I’m glad I did — “Greg L” says it well, and while I have no interest in changing jobs with the Governor, I appreciate the points on Kaine’s lack of leadership.

    Because I’m not that confident in the Washington Post printing a letter to the editor I sent them in response to their very poorly done story you cited above, perhaps you might be interested in reading it:

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    To the Editor:

    Your November 28 article (Kaine Starts Fresh Push For Transit Funding) displayed a seemingly intentional ignorance of the facts, telling only a fraction of the story, and worse, navigating to avoid relevant details directly related to specific points in the article.

    Let me explain.

    Your story says that Delegate Lingamfelter and I “helped defeat the major transportation proposals”, which isn’t correct, particularly since later in the article you cite MY legislation as the Governor’s “major slow-growth success this year”.

    Lingamfelter and I helped defeat major transportation *tax increases*, an important distinction you didn’t make. There are many other transportation proposals that both Lingamfelter and I not only supported, but actively spoke out in favor of — far more of them we supported (like proposals to increase transportation spending in our region by billions with existing revenue) than those we opposed. We voted against tax increases, not transportation proposals.

    What is particularly troubling in your article is the presumption it leaves that on all transportation related legislation, I was a major barrier to success. Yet, the fact remains that the most significant land-use (growth/development) reform passed and enacted into law in 2006 — strongly supported by and a major item in Kaine’s transportation package — was my HB 1513, a fact unmentioned in your article; a law that has already successfully halted the construction of 33,800 new homes in Northern Virginia; and a law the Post has written extensively about, identifying me as the sponsor of the legislation.

    The Governor wants to have it both ways: he wants to take credit for my land-use bill which he signed into law and his administration is now actively using to help control growth in Northern Virginia, yet he also wants to say that I’m the major problem in getting his transportation proposals through the legislature. Which way is it? How can I be such a problem, yet be the sponsor of the legislation you characterized as his “major slow-growth success this year”?

    Governor Kaine sounds like he is just looking for someone to place the blame on his own failure to provide any real leadership by working with the legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation plan for Northern Virginia.

    The fact is, Governor Kaine said when he was running for his job that “we can’t tax and pave our way out of our transportation problem”, yet once he was safely elected, immediately reversed his campaign promise by proposing to do the opposite — to tax and pave Northern Virginia — by overtaxing our hardworking families to build beautiful 4 lane roads in other parts of Virginia that don’t need them.

    My “no” votes on the Governor’s tax-hike schemes were votes against the same 74-year-old failed approach to transportation that got us into the transportation mess we now have in Northern Virginia. It’s time to get into the 21st Century with transportation, and that’s the approach I’ve voted “yes” on time and time again.

    A fair and balanced approach would have included these details.

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