The Score this week: Bill Howell previews the General Assembly session, fiscal cliffs, and Hoeft’s predictions

On this podcast edition of “The Score” radio show…

Scott Lee has an extended interview with House Speaker Bill Howell on the upcoming General Assembly session. Of particular note is their discussion of the various transportation plans floating in the legislative ether. Regarding Sen. John Watkins’ proposal to index the gasoline tax, an idea Gov. McDonnell has begun to embrace, the Speaker says this tax is no longer the long-term, reliable funding stream it once was.We need to consider alternatives…and one such alternative, Del. Tim Hugo’s idea to eliminate the gas tax entirely and replace it with a higher sales tax, earns a bit of favor in the Speaker’s eyes.

Scott also talks with Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, about the terrible fiscal cliff deal. The real shame, Kerpen says, is that the Senate got away with ignoring the work the House did earlier (on August 1st, to be precise), that would have avoided all the nonsense we saw last week.

And In his Two Minute Drill, Jim Hoeft points out that Virginia’s congressional delegation, with the sole exception of Democrat Gerry Connolly, voted against the cliff deal. But then our editor-in-chief makes his predictions for the coming political year…including one that raises the possibility of primary challengers to Republicans who seek to raise taxes.

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