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Take Back the Commonwealth: Virginia 2008
By Adam Brandon on February 01, 2008
The Virginia Legislature is contemplating numerous bills that erode the freedoms of Virginia residents. The bills could impose a slew of anti-growth regulations and fees on Virginia’s businesses and residents, not to mention limit the power to make their own choices. Here’s what you need to know to help take back the Commonwealth for Virginians.
Abusive Driver Fees – the whole story
The abusive driver fees of 2007 are going away, but no one is talking about the sneaky ways that the Virginia government is looking to replace lost revenue. Everything is on the table at this point: a 3% sales tax on cars, increasing the state’s gasoline tax even further, and an additional regional sales tax on vehicles in some areas.
A better solution would start with not borrowing $180 million from the Virginia Transportation Trust Fund to pay for non-transportation programs, making withdrawals from the Rainy Day fund, and borrowing over $3.2 billion to fund at $78 billion budget. Borrowing today means a tax on transportation tomorrow. Take Action and tell your leaders more taxes and debt aren’t the solution, fiscal discipline is.
Paycheck Advances – more government regulations
Has Virginia solved all its other problems? It would seem so, since the government wants to shift focus from the real issues that face the state and spend time creating more regulatory hurdles that stifle the free market. Over 20 bills are currently in the legislative pipeline that would effectively eliminate paycheck advance services, taking out what is for some their only means of credit, under cumbersome regulations. Even if you don’t use payday advances, real limited government advocates should be appalled at this “nanny-state mentality.”
For a state to get in the way of voluntary transaction is clearly a slippery slope of ever increasing government meddling. Take Action and tell your delegates not to limit financial choices for Virginians.
Smoking Ban in Restaurants – throwing out property rights
The Governor’s plan to extinguish smoking in restaurants, including private clubs, is another example of the nanny-state mentality. If business owners choose to allow or disallow smoking, it is their business. Consumers can either choose to go to these establishments, or avoid them. Employees can choose to work in these businesses, or choose not to. The government has no business telling business owners whether or not they can allow smoking in their restaurants, bars or clubs.
Let the marketplace determine how owners use their property and customers determine where they choose to spend their money. Take Action and tell lawmakers that the meddling has to stop.
Take Back the Commonwealth Day – tell Richmond that freedom works
FreedomWorks activists will be meeting in Richmond on Thursday, February 14 to take the FreedomWorks message of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom to senators and delegates. Activists will have the chance to lobby their leaders directly. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you would like to join in, contact Nan Swift, FreedomWorks campaign coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up the good fight and help us bring freedom back to the Commonwealth!