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In a month, the 2013 Virginia General Assembly kicks off and Virginians should prepare to guard their family’s budgets because some Virginia politicians want more of your hard earned money. One State Senator, John Watkins, has proposed an additional 5% sales tax to the already high price of gasoline, plus additional fees to fund highway maintenance and construction. Ronald Reagan once said, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Looks like a play from the ‘Virginia General Assembly Playbook.’
There’s no question that infrastructure projects, like highways, roads and bridges, constitute an essential function of government, but why must essential functions in government always equate to higher taxes? Is cutting spending, instead of raising taxes, too novel of a concept? Is looking for more efficient or cost effective ways to conduct business too much to ask our leaders?