A quick note from the National Taxpayer's Union, about some ongoings in Virginia:
(Sadly, I won't be able to make it ...))In late February, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a $300 million tax grab on the part of two unelected bureaucratic bodies was unconstitutional. But Governor Tim Kaine refuses to take "no" for an answer ... he now wants to replace the ill-gotten revenue being refunded after the Court decision, by backing new tax hikes that will hit Northern Virginians hard.
The Governor's plan for boosting transportation funds includes raising the motor vehicle tax from 3 percent to 4 percent, raising the annual vehicle registration fee from $39.50 to $49.50, raising the grantor's tax by $0.25 per $100 of value, and raising the retail sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads by 1 percent on everything except food and drugs.
One of the organizations on the losing end of the Supreme Court ruling, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), is counting on an infusion of tax dollars from the Governor's scheme to bankroll its ambitious projects. Rather than prioritizing government spending and eliminating unnecessary programs elsewhere in the budget to come up with the money, some public officials would allow the NVTA to prey on your wallet!
On Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm the NVTA is holding a public hearing at George Mason High School. Join the National Taxpayers Union in voicing your opposition to more tax hikes to fund an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy.
The details of the meeting are as follows:
Public Hearing: Northern Virginia's Transportation Needs
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
More details are available here, and a map is available here.
Please mark your calendar for next Thursday and plan on attending. With your help, NTU can win the fight to keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs ... in your pocket.
Your NTU Grassroots Action Team
Also, more Virginia-relevant items of interest here
... and checkout their ratings of the 2008 candidates (hint : Obama=F)
... and note that they also (rightfully!) support the Fair Tax!
/TJ ... still on vacation!