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Bolling Wants Abuser Fees Repealed

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 3, 2008; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008  
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Wow, that only took him a year to do. Amazing leadership there.

Posted by: Timothy Watson | January 3, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Better late than never.

Posted by: Chirs | January 4, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

they should apply to out of state drivers ONLY, they don't pay our taxes but they ruin our traffic

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The greatest tragedy of the abuser fees is that it makes Bolling look wise and prudent for staying out of the attempts to forge the transportation plan. He wasn't.

Keep checking boxes, Bill.

Posted by: Hector | January 4, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Kaine would think of his own discriminatory amendment if he could run for reelection

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Kaine only made the fees discriminatory so that it would make republicans look bad and lose seats, don't blame him for bad policy, it was good politics

Posted by: concerned democrat | January 8, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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