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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