Chuck Colgan’s facebook page featured an ad today where he states “the next time someone tells you that I voted to raise taxes, please ask them to show you a copy of my vote on that particular tax.” Now there’s something I can help Senator Colgan with, but instead of waiting until someone discusses it with me, I figured it was a lot more efficient to provide that answer directly to the elected official representing me as quickly as I could.
For all that trouble, you’d think he’d thank me.
Colgan’s efforts to raise our taxes aren’t that hard to find.
In 2004 he voted to raise the cigarette tax, the recordation tax, and the the sales tax in HB5018.
He was the sponsor of SB6010 in 2008 which would have increased taxes in Northern Virginia by $340 million and included a hike in the gas tax. He voted for SB6009, also in 2008, that would have increased not only the gas tax, but the state sales tax as well.
In 2010 Colgan voted for SB660 which would have imposed a new 5% tax on all internet purchases made by Virginia residents. He also sponsored SB543 which would have imposed a surtax on the hated “personal property tax.”
Need I go into further detail? There’s a lot of these votes. Every time there’s a bill trying to raise our taxes, it seems either Colgan voted for it or actually introduced the measure. He can’t possibly have forgotten all this, can he?
So being a good constituent of Mr. Colgan’s, I thought it might be helpful to point out to Mr. Colgan on his facebook page that his ad left quite an inaccurate impression, and Colgan’s record on voting for tax increases is pretty clear. You might think when a constituent helps a Senator remember what he actually voted on and what legislation he patroned, a simple thanks for his efforts might be in order. I’m helping to fill in the gaps in his memory, and I’m not even charging him for the service.
Instead, not only does Chuck Colgan delete my helpful information, he blocks me from his facebook page.
That’s kind of mean. I thought elected officials wanted to hear from their constituents. Maybe not.
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