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Posted at 3:25 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Updated: Northern Neck Democrat blasts Fairfax chamber over failure to support transportation bill

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

A trio of Northern Virginia Republicans who had proposed taxing out-of-state corporations to raise money for state roads received a boost this week from an unlikely source: a Democrat from Northern Neck.

Del. Albert C. Pollard Jr. (D-Northumberland) wrote a letter to the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday expressing his "sincere and deep disappointment" in the group's opposition to HB 1604 , a move he called shortsighted and poor policy.

"Northern Virginians spend more time stuck in traffic than any other group of people in America, and HB 1604 was an attempt to address this problem and update the tax code to reflect 21st-century realities,'' Pollard wrote. "Your opposition to the measure is an abdication of your responsibility to the constituents you represent."

Dels. David B. Albo, Thomas Davis Rust and Joe T. May had proposed taxing out-of-state corporations that sell services in Virginia, including law firms, computer programming companies and those that provide Web site design services. Most other states, including Maryland, already tax those corporations.

The bill died Monday when a House subcommittee failed to pass it on to a committee by a 2-to-7 vote. Pollard was one of the two delegates who supported the bill.

Updated: Fairfax Chamber President and CEO Jim Corcoran sent Pollard a response.

"The Fairfax Chamber's number one priority over the past several years has been securing long term reliable and sustainable funding for transportation,'' he wrote. "Delegate Albo has had numerous bills in the past that identified sources of funding that shared the burden evenly among all stakeholders. These bills have been enthusiastically supported by the Fairfax Chamber. H.B.1604 targeted a small portion of the business community and did not share the tax burden evenly. The Chamber has long opposed legislation that unfairly targeted the business community to fund transportation."

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By Anita Kumar  | February 2, 2011; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, State Senate, Transportation  
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