Local Legislators Want Taxes Lowered

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Delegate Chris Saxman, R-20, spent Monday morning perusing Governor Warner's amendments to the state budget.

The General Assembly will vote on the amendments on Wednesday.

"It looks like there's a lot more spending," commented Saxman as he leafed through the small booklet of amendments. "I'm trying to go through here and see what's necessary."

"But there's not that many significant changes," said fellow delegate Steve Landes, R-25. "It's just switching things here and there."

In fact, because of better-than-projected state revenues over the last few months, both Landes and Saxman predict much of Wednesday's discussion in Richmond will focus on a budget item the governor didn't even change - increases in state taxes.

"I think we do need to look at the possibility of giving some back or reducing taxes if the revenues are coming in as they're projected," said Landes.

"People say raise cigarette taxes to stop smoking," said Saxman. "Well, okay. What do you do when you raise sales taxes? Does it stop sales? Does it slow down economic growth?"

Bu since Warner didn't veto or make any changes to the tax increases, Landes says no action can be taken Wednesday.

"So any kind of rebate or reduction in taxes will have to wait until next year, during the regular session," he explained.

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