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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Gas Tax Increase!

You just can’t make this stuff up.

The price of oil is running at about $115 per gallon. The average price of a gallon of gas at the pump is $3.60. As a result, consumers and businesses are feeling a severe pinch, as is the economy in general.

Yet, what idea has Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine (D) floated? Raising the state’s gas tax!

According to an April 30 story in The Washington Post, Kaine said in a radio interview: “All issues are on the table. We are talking about a gas tax.”

The article went on: “Kaine said he expects to announce his proposal, which would require legislative approval, in about two weeks. He said his plan probably will include several revenue enhancements, including a possible increase in the 3 percent sales tax on vehicle purchases and a potential increase in the gas tax. ‘The way to solve our needs is not just do one thing. You've got to spread the pain out a little bit,’ Kaine said of the enhancements. ‘I think the message of last year is, we are not going to solve it by just doing one thing.’”

Same old, same old. Ignore the pain caused for consumers and small businesses, and just keep the government spending machine chugging along.

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