Wexton is Against Tax Increases, Unless It’s a GOP Tax Increase

So, apparently, the new talking point in the 10th Congressional District Democrat scrum is that Jennifer Wexton hates taxes.

ā€œIā€™m not looking to increase taxes at this time or anytime, really,ā€ states Wexton.

Of course, she supported the largest tax increase in Virginia history: H.B. 2313. This bill has added about $1.25 billion to the budget per year.

“While H.B. 2313 is not perfect, I support it. It creates sustainable sources of funding allowing the Commonwealth, and especially NOVA and other congested areas, to tackle transportation infrastructure limitations that have been deferred for too long. It will also allow NOVA greater control in directing local revenues to local projects. However, we still need transportation solutions incorporating both road expansion and increased public transportation to ensure our infrastructure can sustain and foster continued growth.ā€

That was Wexton’s response to a questionnaire from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce when she was running for state Senate in 2013.

Ignoring the fact that it was a Republican governor and Republican General Assembly that passed this bill for a moment, Wexton was all in! And she was interested in more. Did you catch that last line of wanting more “road expansion and increased public transportation”? I wonder how that gets paid for?

I’m not actually saying she was wrong to support this bill. We do have to raise money (or cut other spending programs) to create public projects, but it is interesting to see that she’s attempting to portray herself as the conservative in the Democratic race.

  • Jim Portugul

    Voting “aye” to HB2313 should end ones political career. We need to send “them” a message. Just like we need to put some Admirals and members of Congress in jail for the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain tragedies, to send “them” a message.

  • frankoanderson

    Uh, you uploaded a photo from Dubai. http://photographyheat.com/20-photos-of-beautiful-dubai/

  • Lawrence Wood

    So if Wexton wasn’t necessarily “wrong” in your opinion to support this bill “Ignoring the fact that it was a Republican governor and Republican General Assembly that passed this bill” as you state what is your real issue? Looks like very smart politics to me especially in the 10th where we already have an incumbent who portrays herself as a Republican conservative but votes like a Democrat. Not much comeback available from the state Republican Party here as they carried the water on this bill in the first place.

    We will now have a Democratic candidate that portrays herself as a fiscal conservative. If she clears the Democratic primary runoff, as I suspect she will, it may result in an interesting choice of two opponents who generally claim to be someone based on voting record that they clearly are not. She will have placed herself neatly on the same shifting demographic sands that has returned Comstock to the House twice while gaining potential inroads into cross over votes without any alienation of her traditional base which Comstock hasn’t been able to achieve. Have to respect an aggressive move when you see one.

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