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McDonnell Airs New TV Ad

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell launched a new TV ad today that calculates the cost of a pair of proposals that Democrat Creigh Deeds has indicated he supports -- a gas tax increase and the federal cap and trade bill.

The ad assume Deeds would support a gas increase, which has voted for many times in the past, to raise the $1 billion that he says is needed for road and transit improvements. In Virginia, the gas tax produces roughly $50 million per penny, and would take a 20-cent increase to produce $1 billion a year. McDonnell's ad uses information from the state Department of Taxation to determine that a 20-cent increase would cost a household with two cars an average of $300 a year.

The ad assumes Deeds supports a climate proposal with a greater emissions cap than the one being considered by Congress. The cap and trade number comes a U.S. States Department of the Treasury report that found that Americans would see an impact of $1,761 per household if the bill passed.

The ad calculates the number over four years. It is airing statewide except for Northern Virginia:

"Creigh Deeds has the only realistic plan to solve Virginia's transportation crisis,'' said Jared Leopold, Deeds spokesman. "Bob McDonnell's dishonest ads are a desperate attempt to distract from his 'phony baloney' transportation scheme that would take $5.4 billion from Virginia schools. On transportation, the contrast is clear: Creigh Deeds has an honest plan, Bob McDonnell has dishonest, negative ads."

Read the script below:

Creigh Deeds has unequivocally committed himself to higher taxes.

Deeds supports tax policies that will cost families $7,800 over four years.

His billion-dollar gas tax increase would add twenty cents to a gallon of gas.

Cost to families: $1,000

Deeds called for Washington's mandatory cap and trade energy tax.

Cost to families $6,800.

Killing up to 56,000 Virginia jobs.

Creigh Deeds ' tax policies will cost $7,800

By Anita Kumar  |  October 7, 2009; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"McDonnell's ad uses information from the state Department of Taxation to determine that a 20-cent increase would cost a household with two cars an average of $300 a year."

Oh noes!!! $300 dollars!!! Please; that's $25 a month; less than a dollar a day. I'm far from wealthy, and I think that's more than a fair price to pay for improving our transportation deficiencies.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 7, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the "$6,800 cost to families" number due to Deeds' support for the cap-and-trade system? Not true, according to (a true non-partisan site).

"The Congressional Budget Office estimates that under the House-passed bill "the average per-household loss in purchasing power would be $90 in 2012 and $925 in 2050 and would average about $455 per U.S. household per year over the 2012–2050 period." In the year 2020, CBO calculated, the average would be about $160.

So instead of the $1,700/year ($6,800 over 4 years) that McDonnell's dishonest ad states, the number would likely be $1,820 over FOUR years.

Just more smoke-and-mirrors and outright distortions from the theocratic liar.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 7, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell's "plan" is nothing more than a shell game. Haven't we had enough of Republican voodoo economics?

Posted by: hitpoints | October 7, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, McDonnell may think that he can use smoke and mirrors financing to improve transportation, but Deeds is far more likely to maintain a real and grounded outlook in terms of what can actually be accomplished.

For example, a convenient fact about McDonnell's oft-touted "$500M sell the liquor stores!" gamble---the stores are currently generating $100M in revenue that goes into the General Fund. He doesn't like to talk about this because with all the talk about "innovation" and "creativity" in coming with new revenue sources, no matter the price he gets for the liquor stores if they were sold (and it wouldn't be $500M in today's market), how is he going to replace that revenue in the budget?

Prioritizing profits for his friends in the alcohol industry in the end would hurt Virignia. Not to mention, I'm sure areas like mine on Route 1 in Alexandria would suddenly have a liquor store on every corner, right next to the 7-11, cash-checking rip-off store, and pawn shop! NO THANKS!!

Privatizing our liquor stores might build one or two interchanges in the near term, but it's a long-term disaster that shortchanges Virginia's revenue and invites a very corruption-prone industry into looting the communinities of Virginia.

Sorry, but Virginia can do better--much better--in financing its badly needed transportation problems.

Honest solutions for serious problems = CREIGH DEEDS. Regardless of how well he says it, what he has to say makes far more sense.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 7, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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