Local income tax bill scuttled

The local income tax bill that passed the Senate last week came before the House Finance subcommittee #2 on Wednesday, where it was tabled by a 7-3 vote.

This sweeping rewrite of the Virginia code would have allowed several Virginia localities to impose income taxes of up to one percent on individuals, trusts and corporations without first putting such measures to a referendum, while also removing both the sunset provision and the language that would have dedicated all monies raised to transportation.

Given that the Senate’s version of the transportation bill gives local governments the option of imposing a one percent sales tax specifically for transportation projects, perhaps it was deemed unnecessary.

Or some Virginians just dodged a bullet. For now.

  • George

    FYI, the bill did not remove the language that would have dedicated the revenues to transportation. That is in another section of the Code that the bill didn’t amend, so it just doesn’t show up in the bill.

    • NormLeahy

      Many thanks!

  • MD Russ

    Thank God. The last thing in the world that I wanted was to pay income tax to Fairfax County so that they could continue to be a sanctuary for illegal aliens (undocumented Democrats) while every school in the county has temporary trailer classrooms.

  • And sanity has broken out in Richmond. Thank God.

    • I have to admit I’m shocked you didn’t find a way to rationalize a local income tax.

      • I live in Fairfax. Our Board of Supervisors has 9 Democrats and 3 Republicans. They have never had a problem raising taxes out here, and if we took away the check of a referedum on the income tax, it would guarantee pass and that would hurt everything up here.

        This was a pure geographic play in the Senate, designed to free up Northern Virginia tax money to flow downstate. It deserved to go down.

        • OK whew, I’m glad self-interest is involved. For a moment I thought you were standing up for a principle, and I was like “who is this person who hijacked Brian’s account?”

          • It is principle. That’s what you don’t get. The fact that I know exactly what will happen in jurisdictions like mine and others where this authority was to be given because I live here simply makes mine an informed opinion.

            Besides, if I’m just another rich Democrat, as you so often accuse me of, shouldn’t I be demanding they raise my taxes?

          • Elitist Democrats don’t work that way – if they were interested in having their own money taken they could just write a check. It’s other peoples’ money, not their own, which they want taxed. For themselves they set up loopholes and workarounds, or they direct taxes at things that don’t affect them.

            For example, look at Warren Buffett – he constantly advocates new taxes, but with his own money he takes advantage of every possible way to avoid paying them.

            To clear up my confusion, can you articulate the principle you’re operating on in rejecting this tax proposal?

          • There’s more than one. First and fundamentally, keep taxes low. Second, don’t treat Northern Virginia like the piggy bank for the rest of Virginia. Third, don’t give localities greater tax authority because it’s usually abused. Fourth, don’t take away the power of voters to make these decisions once it’s been given.

  • Mike Barrett

    I guess this is not to be unexpected as the no tax republican delegates still prevail in the House. Denying citizens the right to their own self destiny is par for the course for republicans who constantly spout on about self determination, liberty, and freedom, put if citizens want the right to vote for taxes to improve their own communities, that is an entirely different story.
    In fact, given the Dillon Rule and actions like the one taken above, it is no wonder that Virginia is rapidly declining as a place to do business and to raise a family. With republicans enamored with Grover Norquist and the obligation to “cut the arms and legs off government so it can be drowned in bathtub” even those of us who want to tax ourselves to improve our schools, our human services, our public safety resources, and our transporation resources are held hostage to no tax republicans who want to contol our lives as well as theirs.
    All that balony about liberty and freedom is fine if it benefits them ideology directly, but in truth, they just want to control everyone else.

    • MD Russ


      I realize that you live in Hampton Roads where all the children are above average and the elected officials are wise and responsive to their constituents. Here in Fairfax County we are not so blessed. Our Democratic Board of Supervisors only knows how to do two things: spend money and raise taxes so that they can spend more money. Now that would not be so bad if they were spending money on unicorns and rainbows as you describe to improve our communities. Rather, they waste money right and left while leaving community improvements to go beg. For example, Fairfax County is officially a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. That is not a trite political smear–several past and present members of the Board of Supervisors have gone on record as favoring the “rolling out of the red carpet for ‘undocumented workers.'” As one of those red carpet functions, the county government is and has been for years the single largest landlord of residential housing under our “affordable housing” program. It is nothing more than a slum maintenance program for illegals. The people for whom the affordable housing was intended, such as first responders and other lower-paid public employees, wouldn’t live in those places under any circumstances. Meanwhile, every single school in the county has multiple ‘temporary’ trailer classrooms. So, our enlightened Democratic government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to attract illegals to the county instead of reducing school over-crowding. Speaking of which, do you suppose our illegal immigrant population has anything to do with the crowded school problem? Consider this: FCPS spends more money every year on English as a Second Language teachers than it spends on either Special Ed teachers or Science & Technology teachers.

      And that is why the local income tax was such a suck idea. The Democrats would not have used it to improve our communities, but would have flushed the revenue down the same old crappers.

      • Mike Barrett

        I guess you ought to stop with the bad mouthing our your own community; you are clearly doing something right as you have among the largest media household income, per capita income, and median family incomes in the nation. I guess more cities and counties in Virginia ought to do more of what you have been doing.

        But I digress. If you really believe in liberty, freedom, and self determination, why must republicans do all they can to make sure only they have these rights. Why must you try to curtail voting rights. Why must you curtail a woman’s right to reproductive health? Why must you curtain one man, one vote? And why must yo prevent cities and counties around this state from exercising their right to lead, manage, and finance their cities and counties as they deem best?
        What are you afraid of?

        • MD Russ

          Well, Mike, as I have stated many times on this board, I am not a Republican. So, I can’t defend those things that prevent me from formally affiliating with the Republican Party, such as the need for abortion in cases where a woman and her health care provider see it as a necessary alternative. As for the rest of your diatribe, you need to lose the DNC talking points. Voter ID, for example, does in fact curtail voting, but just those of disqualified persons. I am not sure what you are referring to in “one man, one vote.” If you are talking about the Electoral College, the Constitution is quite clear on that point: the President is not elected by the popular vote but by the electoral vote of the several States. How those electors are selected is the province of each individual State. And there is only one thing that I am afraid of: the tyranny of the majority. Living in a decidedly left-leaning county, I want to see the liberty, freedom, and self-determination of the minority protected. Handing over the authority to tax my income to a bunch of liberal do-gooders runs counter to that.

  • J. Christopher Stearns

    Excellent. Looks like I won’t be leaving Portsmouth after all. 🙂

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