According to The Washington Post, Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) is trying to sabotage Gov. Bob McDonnell’s efforts of bringing jobs to the Commonwealth by proposing legislation to tax out-of-state corporations that sell services in Virginia as a way to generate funds for transportation improvements. These corporations include law firms and computer programming companies.
I really love that Albo is not considering this a tax increase. It is a tax increase, plain and simple.
Albo sent the proposal to his Republican colleagues in the House Wednesday with a note explaining that it is not a tax increase.
“This is not a tax increase on Virginians,” Albo said. “They’ve got to vote for this. I can get 51 votes in the House and I’ll get every reasonable Republican.”
Chris over at Mason Conservative has a great post about this, and his point is spot on regarding transportation.
Of course this solves nothing because Virginia’s standard for transportation spending is still based on road miles and not overall usage – which means the rest of the states roads look great but there is never enough for us no matter how much we tax.
It is my hope that every reasonable Republican will stand on principle and vote against this bill. This legislation will place the burden on non-Virginians and make Virginia less attractive to new businesses.