Bolling Wants Abuser Fees Repealed
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) sent a letter today to Republicans in the General Assembly today outlining his support for a repeal of the abusive driver fees and encouraging them to support a repeal as well.
Bolling, a potential GOP candidate for governor in 2009, said he and many Republicans initially thought the fees would be a legitimate way to raise money for transportation and make Virginia's highways safer. But, he said, the legislation inadvertently applied the unpopular fees to less serious offenses and will generate less money than expected.
" While this was the most noble of efforts, it simply has not worked out the way it was intended, and it has become terribly unpopular in the public eye,'' Bolling wrote. "That is why I favor the total repeal of the abusive driver fees, as opposed to their modification."
Bolling's effort could give him a leg up with some conservative activists who have been critical of last year's transportation deal that include the fees.
Bolling's potential rival for the GOP nomination, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R), played a key role in forging the transportation deal. As the state's chief lawyer, McDonnell's office was also forced to defend the fees in court this summer.
But McDonnell is also having second thoughts about the fees.
J. Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman, said today the attorney general supports either "significant modications" or an "outright repeal" of the fees.
January 3, 2008; 3:29 PM ET
Categories: Abusive Driver Fees , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008
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