Caption from the MJM: Del. Brian J. Moran, D-Alexandria, left, and House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong, D-Henry, listen as Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, presents a bill to the House Finance committee in Richmond, VA, Tuesday, June 24, 2008, on the second day of the special transportation session.
I wouldn’t call this “listening”, at least on the part of Delegate Brian Moran. I’d call this display of abject defeat as Brian Moran hears Scott Lingamfelter’s proposal to ensure that state transportation agencies prove they can spend taxpayer money effectively before they’re showered with another billion dollars of largesse. Republican proposals are sailing through the House of Delegates with a bi-partisan majority while Kaine’s billion dollar tax hike is going nowhere, and all the momentum lies with such initiatives as Delegate Lingamfelter’s HB6023.This special session was supposed to be an opportunity for either Senate Democrats to force a hike in the gas tax (despite their campaign promises not to do this), or for Governor Kaine to raise sales taxes. House Republicans instead are making a very strong case that throwing more money at a transportation system that clearly isn’t working makes no sense at all, and are demanding some much-needed reforms that have proven themselves hugely beneficial elsewhere.
And that’s why Brian Moran looks beaten. It is because he and his caucus clearly have been, just a couple of days into this special session.
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