Saturday, February 9, 2013

[Peninsula-Patriots] Sales & Use Tax Increase - Call your Senator Kill HB 2313 - Oppose, Let it die in committee

Patriots:   Please read this message sent from the 99th Tea Party, and if you concur, please contact our Senators Norment -  and Northam -


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Sent: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 9:20 pm
Subject: Call your Senator Kill HB 2313 - Oppose, Let it die in committee

Members of the 99th District Tea Party:  The VIrginia House has passed the Governors bill to increase the Sales & Use tax by 0.8%.  It has been sent to the Senate, where it is now in one of Senator McDougal's  committees.  PLease take a moment to make your voices heard.  Forward this email or compose and send your own to Senator McDougle at

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Cc: "Margret Ransone (" <>

Senator McDougle:
HB 2313 is an absolute taking of the wealth of Virginia Citizens.  More taxation will have a negative effect on our economy.  Where does this fit in your stated goals of limited government, Free Enterprise,  and individual freedom.   Having read the bill, I can attest that it is a Christmas tree for various and sundry areas, including funding for the Dulles Rail Project, which I vehemently oppose (If there is a need for the rail project – It should be privately funded).   I have discussed the Governors bill related to finding $ for Transportation with Edgar Doleman (Past President of the 99th District Tea Party) and we are in agreement that:
1.       Transportation Funding problems did not arise as a result of insufficient revenue, it is a result of the General Assembly's inability to budget and to eliminate unnecessary programs.
2.      As noted in the attached WSJ Op Ed, only two years ago, in 2011, the General Assembly passed a 66% tax "increase that was supposed to ease gridlock but instead financed a new, higher general spending plateau."   So if Transportation is really a priority, First, look for where the added revenue (roughly $15.5 Billion) is really being spent and claw it back to fund Transportation. 
3.      Use the Funds only for new road construction and maintenance.  Eliminate all funding for Mass Transportation.  If the private sector wants to have a rapid rail from Washington to Dulles, and thinks that they can do so profitably, let them.  It's just not the job of the State to cater to every special interest group.  The State should not be picking winners and losers nor encouraging technologies that will benefit only the few (as also reported in the WSJ article, McDonnell would allocate 30% of the new Tax Increase to Public Transit and rail).   The Problem is Lack of Funds for Roads, not Rail.
4.      It is the Job of the General Assembly to prioritize its allocation of Funds.  If you need more money for Transportation (not including mass transit projects that should be only undertaken by private enterprise), then it must be taken from some other part of the budget.  I really believe that another tax increase will only lead to a request for even more a year or two later.
Please be a spokesman for reason, Kill this bill in your committee.  Please note that we are watching, and will certainly note the way you vote on this unjustified tax increase.
5.      Please read the attached WSJ article. It is short and exposes the absolute folly of increasing taxes yet again. 
6.      KILL THIS BILL!!!
Gene K. Underwood
99th District Tea Party

SENT BY:  Gene K. Underwood, President

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