Dr. Northam’s Prescription for VA:  Higher Taxes

Sep 27, 2017 by AFP

Northam’s record of higher taxes is bad medicine for Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – Ralph Northam recently found himself on the defensive after launching a campaign commercial in which he pledges to pass tax reform and asks Virginians to go online to check out his plan.  Just one problem – the tax plan doesn’t exist.

Northam likes to pretend he’s on the side of taxpayers, once saying, “I don’t like taxes any more than anybody else does, trust me.”  Call us skeptical.  And as Ronald Reagan once said, “Trust, but verify.”

To verify, we decided to examine Northam’s previous record on taxes.  It is not a pretty picture.  And like his tax reform plan, we doubt it will ever make it to his website.

As state senator, Northam supported higher sales taxes, higher gas taxes, higher hotel taxes, higher taxes on home sales, and higher taxes on car sales.  (S.B 6009, Passed 21-16, 6/25/08, Northam Voted Yea; H.B. 2313, Passed 25-15, 2/23/13, Northam Voted Yea.)  He even opposed capping property tax increases at 5 percent, calling it a “stunt.”

Americans for Prosperity-Virginia State Director JC Hernandez issued the following statement:

“Is there anything Ralph Northam hasn’t voted to tax more?  Virginians work hard for what they earn, but they’ll have to work even harder if Ralph Northam becomes governor.  We simply cannot afford to trust him on taxes.  Dr. Northam’s record of supporting higher taxes is the wrong prescription for Virginia’s lethargic economy.  It’s bad medicine that voters should reject.”



For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724. 

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