I was on WRVA in Richmond on Tuesday morning with Jimmy Barrett talking about the proposals for a hike in the state’s gas tax and, as much as it pains my anti-tax soul, it does appear that all the stars are aligning for an increase of some sort.
This creates a problem, not only for those Republicans who have vowed before God and Grover that tax hikes are wrong, but for those Republicans seeking statewide office. On the one hand, the press will mau-mau them into backing a hike because our roads are crumbling to dust and failure to increase taxes now means plagues and poverty in the future. On the other, the ambitious Republican pol who supports a tax hike that will show up almost immediately at the pump then must explain to folks how it’s all for their own good. Once you start explaining, you start losing.
To prevent an epidemic of flop sweat and pulled muscles, I propose this:
In exchange for an increase in the gas tax, demand the full elimination of the car tax.
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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