Courtesy of Right Wing Liberal, here is a short run-down on the monstrosity that is HB 6055. Not only would we be getting a huge tax hike under this ridiculous bill, but the money raised would be used for, among other things, to fund NVTA lobbying efforts in the General Assembly so they can ask that our taxes be raised even more. I can just imagine paying Sharon Pandak so she can start coveting more taxpayer pizzas. Is this really what Speaker Howell wants to cram down the throats of Virginia taxpayers this year?
The bill itself (HB 6055, co-sponsored by Dave Albo) would do the following (read it and weep):
- Impose a rental car tax (2%) on Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads
- “Allow” localities in Northern Virginia to impose a grantor’s tax (0.4%), but once imposed, it can never be repealed so long as the NVTA is building something in the locality (and the NVTA gets all the dough)
- “Allow” localities in Northern Virginia to impose transient occupancy tax (2%), but once imposed, it can never be repealed so long as the NVTA is building something in the locality (and the NVTA gets all the dough)
- Allow localities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to impose a real estate tax (0.25% in NoVA, 0.1% in HR)
- Any localities in Northern Virginia that refuse to impose the fees get no NVTA road projects (just like HB3202 last year, it puts a gun to the head of the localities)
- Allows all other localities with a population over 500,000 - or any jurisdiction bordering it, or any city with a population of 265,000 to impose a local income tax (pursuant to a referendum)
That’s just the taxes. Get a load of where the money goes (besides for “transportation”).
- The NVTA can be “an advocate for the transportation needs of Northern Virginia before the state and federal governments,” in other words, they can use taxpayer money to lobby for more taxpayer money
- The funding in Hampton Roads will be determined by the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization (another appointed group). In other words, Hampton Roads trades one regional government for another.
It seems like some in the Republican caucus started out with the idea that there was no other option than to advocate for a tax hike. When that is your departure point, not only is it impossible to distinguish you from a Democrat, but all we end up doing is throwing more money at a problem without ever looking at how that money is spent, or what economies might be realized that would allow money to be reprioritized towards transportation and away from lesser priorities such as providing taxpayer-funded daycare to the four year-old children of illegal aliens.
Before I’ll assent to giving the government more of my money, I need to be sure that the money I already pay isn’t being wasted. If that money is going to pay Sharon Pandak to whine that taxpayers need to sacrifice a few more pizzas, there’s no way I’ll accept this.
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