My Endorsement: McDonnell's New Ideas
The Post is asking readers to make the case for their favored candidate in the Virginia governor’s race in 200 words or less.
By Ken Reid
Supports: Robert F. McDonnell
Party Identification: Republican
2005 Vote: Jerry W. Kilgore
Transportation has always been my main interest; I have been an activist for new roads and bus systems in the Washington area since 1997. R. Creigh Deeds has no specific transportation plan, although he voted several times for Gov. Tim Kaine’s excessive tax increases. Robert F. McDonnell, at least, has plans to dedicate a portion of the sales tax and general fund to Northern Virginia’s pressing road needs, to privatize state liquor stores and to use more tolling and private partnerships to build needed capacity, notably widening Interstate 66 inside the Beltway.
Taking money from the general fund is not such a bad idea, because it would force Richmond to rein in its budget and live within its means.
I also agree with McDonnell’s support for offshore drilling in Virginia, which will create jobs and new tax revenue for transportation. It’s time to start saying yes to new ideas.
The writer is a member of the Leesburg Town Council.
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