As Race Gets Tighter, Northam Tries Courting People He Left Behind

Oct 31, 2017 by AFP

RICHMOND, VA – Ralph Northam’s recent promises to grow rural Virginia’s economy belies a clear record of support for policies that are out of touch with southwest Virginia.

In a new ad, Northam tells rural Virginians “you won’t be forgotten,” and that he’ll “restore jobs in the southwest” and “cut taxes for new rural businesses.” The ad overlooks the fact that he has a long record of backing job-killing, cost-hiking policies – and that Virginia is getting left behind by surrounding states under his administration.

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

“Northam’s record is one that would tax and regulate rural Virginia out of existence. Northam’s support for Obama’s Clean Power Plan and McAuliffe’s cap-and-trade executive order is proof that if elected governor, he’d pursue policies that would accelerate job loss and increase cost of living. And his past record of wanting to hike taxes on everything from hotels, to gas, to food and beverages, doesn’t look like ‘tax cuts,’ but rather tax on eating, sleeping, and moving. Northam’s sudden interest in rural Virginia is noted, but he should look to grow southwest Virginia’s economy all the time, not just when it’s politically convenient to do so. The fact is, his policies make life more costly for Southwest Virginia. We urge Virginians to vote against Ralph Northam.”

Northam’s Support for President Obama’s Job-Killing Clean Power Plan

On August 8, 2015, Northam Issued A Press Release Supporting The Clean Power Plan. “In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the Clean Power Plan, its final emissions regulations for existing power plants, Virginia’s Lt. Governor Northam released the following statement: ‘The regulations released by the EPA today are part of an ambitious national policy to dramatically reduce carbon pollution from power plants and mitigate climate change, the effects of which are already being realized in Hampton Roads and pose a serious threat to the Commonwealth. The goals set by the Clean Power Plan for Virginia are not only feasible but have the potential to improve public health and create tens of thousands of clean energy jobs while reducing pollution. Virginia is already well on its way towards meeting the goals of our state plan, and as your Lieutenant Governor I am actively involved in numerous statewide initiatives to increase energy efficiency and to develop off-shore wind solutions, both of which should be a part of ensuring that Virginia surpasses these goals and becomes a national leader on clean energy.’” (Press Release, Lt. Gov Ralph S. Northam, “Lieutenant Governor Northam’s Statement On The EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” 8/3/15)

NORTHAM: “The Goals Set By The Clean Power Plan For Virginia Are Not Only Feasible But Have The Potential To Improve Public Health And Create Tens Of Thousands Of Clean Energy Jobs While Reducing Pollution.” (Press Release, Lt. Gov Ralph S. Northam, “Lieutenant Governor Northam’s Statement On The EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” 8/3/15)

NORTHAM: “We Need To Leave Less Of A Carbon Footprint For Our Next Generation, For Our Children And Their Children.” (“Ralph Northam Speaks At Alan Howze GOTV Event [3/29/14]”, @3:16, lowkell YouTube, 3/29/14)

According To A November 7, 2015 Analysis By NERA Economic Consulting On Behalf Of The  American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, The Clean Power Plan Would Result In A Fourteen Percent Average Annual Increase In Virginia’s Electricity Prices. (“The Truth About EPA’s Costly Carbon Regulations,” American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity, Accessed 1/5/17)

Northam Has Supported Tax Increases That Make Life More Costly for Southwest Virginia:

On February 23, 2013, Ralph Northam Voted To Adopt The Conference Report For H.B. 2313, “Revenues And Appropriations Of State; Changes To Revenues Collected And Distribution, Report.” (H.B. 2313, Passed 25-15, 2/23/13, Northam Voted Yea)

NORTHAM: “I Supported The Bipartisan Transportation Bill.” “‘Mass transit projects like the Silver Line are all-around winners for Virginians. They attract new businesses, create good jobs, and reduce traffic congestion and pollution by taking cars off the road. Making projects like this a reality is exactly why I supported the bipartisan transportation bill that will make real improvements to rail and roads across the Commonwealth,’ said Northam.” (“Northern Virginia Leaders Highlight Northam’s Support For Mass Transit,” Augusta Free Press, 8/1/13)

“The Senate Ratified The Compromise By A Vote Of 25 To 15, With Only Eight Republicans Voting In The Affirmative.” (Fredrick Kunkle and Laura Vozzella, “Virginia Lawmakers Approve Sweeping Transportation Plan,” Washington Post, 2/23/13)

The Bill Included The Following Tax Increases:

  • “Raises The State Sales And Use Tax From 5.0 Percent To 5.3 Percent, Effective July 1, 2013.” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)
  • “Imposes An Additional 0.7 Percent Sales Tax In The Counties And Cities Of The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority And The Hampton Roads Region (The Tax Will Thus Total 6 Percent In Those Areas).” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)
  • “Tax On The Sale Of A Car, Presently 3 Percent, Will Rise To 4 Percent (July 1, 2013), Then To 4.1 Percent (July 1, 2014), Then To 4.2 Percent (July 1, 2015), Then To 4.3 Percent (July 1, 2016). The Minimum Tax Is Raised From $35 To $75.” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)
  • “Raises The Statewide $50 License Tax For Electric Vehicles To $100.” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)
  • “Imposes A Real Estate Transfer Tax Of 0.25 Percent, Termed A ‘Regional Congestion Relief Fee,’ For Land Or Property Transfers In The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Area.” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)
  • “Imposes A 3 Percent Hotel Tax, On Top Of Existing Hotel Taxes, In The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Area.” (Joseph Henchman, “Virginia Legislators Approve Increases In Sales Tax, Car Tax, Regional Taxes,” Tax Foundation, 2/25/13)

 

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