House kills Kaine's income tax increase proposal
Not surprisingly, former Gov. Tim Kaine's proposal to raise the state income tax was killed in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates this afternoon.
Democrats tried to pull the bill before the vote but their Republican counterparts would have none of that. The GOP majority wanted to force Democrats to vote on the bill, leaving them with the choice of raising taxes or voting against Kaine, the chairman of their national party.
Kaine's proposal died by a vote of 97-0. Only the sponsor, Del. Bob Brink, abstained from voting on the bill because well, you can't vote against your own bill.
Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to embarass Kaine and their party. "We all know why this bill is here today,'' House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry) said. "It's here to embarrass us. It's here to embarrass Tim Kaine."
Before he left Saturday, Kaine proposed an income tax increase to help make up for a $4.2 billion budget shortfall.
"Let's get real...Tim Kaine had a situation to deal with and he didn't want to deal with it,'' House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) said. "And so what he did was put a landmine in the budget."
The vote came after Speaker Bill Howell and the Rules Committee sent the bill directly to the House floor, taking advantage of a 2008 rules change.
January 21, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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