This whole transportation funding fiasco is starting to irritate the taxpayers in Virginia. If appearances are considered deceiving, then HB 6055 is a dead ringer for the unconstitutional HB 3202. Several of my fellow bloggers have all chimed in with their disdain for the legislative proposals (The Right-Wing Liberal, Mason Conservative, The Write Side of My Brain, Deo Vindice), and I agree with their statements.
However, I believe that jatticus at Deo Vindice accurately depicted the monster HB 6055:
“HB 6055 is the son of Frankenstein (HB 3202) that was ruled Un-Constitutional by the Virginia Supreme Court. The arrogance of trying to stuff this bill and its Regional Government down the throats of voters – again – reveals much of what is wrong in the elected caucus of the Republican Party of Virginia. The Regional Government scam reveals the rot of political corruption like a surgeon cutting away the sores to show the cancer.”
“The People voted against Regional Governments with taxing authority in 1998.
The People rejected Regional Government, the projects and the taxes like HB 6055 in 2002 over 2:1. Polls indicate The People in Tidewater are against it about 3:1 today.
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled the Regional Government (HB 3202) Un-Constitutional in 2008.
There is no Constitutional, legal, technical, engineering, financial, moral, ethical or principled reason to have a Regional Government involved in building these big projects for HR/Tidewater. None.
Yet, Republicans are going to try it again. This pursuit of political power to control money and power is not a unique Republican condition. It is the way of the world. But, our Virginia Constitution is designed as a bulwark against such tyranny and thievery. Our Constitution distributes powers, authority and accountability appropriately – with no Regional Governments. However, it takes a vigilant public – and a press to do their duty to report news instead of shilling – to hold Virginia’s politicians accountable.”
The real wake up call will come when the Republicans will lose state races once again, and it will be only then when the Republican minority will elect true Conservative leadership and return to the principles of less taxation. I smell another challenge to such a disdainful piece of legislation.