Gilmore no fan of Kaine's car tax ax
Gov. James S. "Jim" Gilmore (R), who was elected in 1997 with a pledge to eliminate the car tax and helped design the state's system of reimbursing local governments for tax relief, on Friday blasted Kaine's proposal to do away with the tax and replace it with an income tax surchage.
"It's a slight of hand," Gilmore said. "You can disguise it in all kinds of ways, but it's still a tax increase from people. It takes away money from their household budget.
"He's proposing to raise taxes and give that money back to localties, and keep the billion for the car tax relief and spend it," he said. "This is no time to raise taxes on the people of Virginia. People are hurting."
Gilmore also thinks putting forward a proposal sure to be rejected by Kaine's successor and Republicans in the legislature will mar his legacy. "I think he goes out of office trying raise taxes, which shows an an inability to handle the budget process."
Just in case you were wondering if Jim Gilmore was a big Tim Kaine fan.
December 18, 2009; 2:48 PM ET
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