Gov. Tim Kaine’s 2008-2010 budget, along with its increased spending and cigarette tax hikes, has raised a more than a few eyebrows. Two of those eyebrows belong to Attorney Gen. Bob McConnell:
“Spending in Richmond has increased significantly. The budget has doubled over the past ten years. With this downturn in the economy comes the opportunity to look for efficiencies in government, and find the best ways to deliver quality government services at a reduced cost to taxpayers. We did this in The Office of the Attorney General. We cut our budget by nearly 15% over the past year. While we are only one small part of the overall government, this does show that spending can be reduced, without hurting the quality of our services.”
“The Governor has called for some significant reductions in spending. This is the proper course of action to address this shortfall, and I applaud this work. I am disappointed however that the Governor has called for a tax increase. You should not raise taxes in a recession, and you cannot tax your way to prosperity. Another huge increase in the cigarette tax would potentially threaten a Virginia industry at a perilous time, while increasing the tax burden on many Virginia citizens and small businesses when they can least afford it.”
The full statement is at the link.
Unlike the past two governors of Virginia, Bob McDonnell understands that a state can’t tax its way out of recession. The people of Virginia have had tax-raising governors since 2001. It’s time for a change.
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