Recently, Senator Chuck Colgan’s campaign manager Roger Snyder made a comment giving us “Colgan Straight Talk” that is anything but straight. Over the next few days, I’m going to work through some of these statements and expose them for the bald-faced lies that they are. Despite my previous convictions that while I disagreed with Senator Colgan on a lot of issues, that he was an honorable man trying to do his best for his constituents. Given this latest round of utter rubbish, I may have to revisit that conclusion. Honorable men generally do not lie to their constituents.
Here’s the top of the “Colgan Straight Talk” list:
Colgan: I do NOT SUPPORT any increase in the gas tax
Colgan has been talking about a hike in the gas tax ever since Governor Warner instituted the largest tax increase in Virginia history, one that resulted in record surpluses that continue to this day. In 2004, Colgan introduced SB 357 that would have increased gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 7 cents a gallon. That didn’t pass, and Colgan was at it again in 2006, supporting SB 357, which placed a 5% tax on gasoline. He voted for this twice, on February 14th and 17th, 2006. Later, on March 7th, 2006 he was telling the Gainesville Times that he wanted to impose a tax on wholesale gasoline but that consumers would actually be the ones who would pay, and that the wholesalers would eat the entire cost of the tax increase in a stunning display of a fundamental incompetence in basic economics.
When Chichester and Potts tried to increase the gas tax by 5% in the 2007 with a committee substitute for SB1379, Colgan was a key supporter of that attempt to use gas tax hikes instead of budget surpluses to pay for transportation. In July of this year he told the Potomac News that an increase in the gas tax would be the easiest way to replace revenues now coming from abusive driver fees. On his ColganforSenate.org campaign website, he’s said “I would have much preferred a simpler bill. For example, a modest increase in the gasoline tax is the ultimate user fees.”
It’s also worth noting that fuel taxes aren’t the only taxes Colgan wants to raise to pay for transportation. Colgan introduced SB1335 in 2007 that would have raised sales taxes by 0.5%, the same tax hike same scheme that voters knocked down in a referendum a few years before. Regardless of what voters say on the subject of raising taxes, Colgan keeps pushing for increases.
It’s hard to find anyone in the Senate (well, Potts and Chichester could honestly give him a run for his money) who have been more dedicated to the notion of increasing the gas tax. Now that Bob Fitzsimmonds has been taking Colgan to task for his irresponsible behavior, he’s now not just running from his voting record, he’s blatantly lying about it.
This is just the first on a list of blatant attempts by Colgan to distort his voting record and thus evade accountability for his actions.
Next up: Colgan says “I do NOT SUPPORT allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants“
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