It’s time for Virginia residents to storm the harbor of their state capital and throw the tea overboard. Yesterday, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed a transportation bill that massively expands the hand of government and overrides local decisions about how communities should grow and change. How’s that for big government?
SB 639 has an unprecedented, frightening provision that lets the Commonwealth Transportation Board, appointed by the governor, override a city or county’s own plans. Localities will have to include transportation projects the state wants, no matter what the local residents of that area think.
It’s astounding to see this from a supposedly conservative governor and state legislature. One of the most common-sense principles of current conservative movements is smaller government.
The national, and Virginia, Tea Party holds as a fundamental principle that “Governing should be done at the most local level possible where it can be held accountable.” Individual counties and cities ought to be able to decide how they want to grow, or not grow. Loudoun, Charlottesville and Roanoke should have these decision-making powers instead of Richmond.
Tea Party groups have been alarmed about “Agenda 21,” which they say is a United Nations plan to undermine property rights. There’s no U.N. conspiracy (though planners shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the underlying fears), but Virginia has a very real assault on liberty happening today. Call it Agenda 639.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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