Speaking of elected officials who can clearly express a solid position, folks might be interested in Keith Fimian’s reaction to Dick Saslaw’s proposal to increase our taxes in order to spend more money on transportation. No mincing of words here, for sure. I’m really liking this guy.
“These guys are on a different planet,” said Fimian. “Raising gas taxes in the face of the biggest jump in gasoline prices since the invention of the internal combustion engine is not just a bad idea; it’s a symptom of a real sickness in our political system.”
“Transportation is important, but as a trained accountant, and as a small businessman who has had to deal with good times and bad, I think our government ought to be able to squeeze a little money out of a $36 Billion dollar budget for better roads,” said Fimian.
This is probably the best response to Saslaw’s tax hike since Speaker Howell gave him a gentlemanly shot at the beginning of a hearing of the House
Finance Rules Committee last week. It is a pretty classy way of demonstrating that the House decidedly does not appreciate someone coming in and begging them to steal more money from the taxpayers.
“Based on what I’ve heard,” [Dick Saslaw] said to the committee, “I should be asking for a cigarette and a blindfold.”
“Senator Saslaw,” Howell replied, “there’s no smoking in this building.”
UPDATE: As Delegate Marshall notes in the comments, instead of this bill going to the Finance Committee which one would expect, it instead went to the Rules Committee that Howell chairs.
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