This is the eighth year that Senator Allen has taken his listening tour on the road.
"People recognize taxes, whether it’s income taxes, whether they're taxes on the Internet or death taxes. People don't wanna be taxed to death," says Allen.
Speaking to elementary school teachers at the P. Buckley Moss Museum, Allen criticized the way the No Child Left Behind legislation is being implemented.
"I think the measurements they're using as to whether a school system is doing right or advancing and so forth is not as good as the way we do it in Virginia," says Allen.
In Waynesboro, Allen took questions from concerned business owners on many topics, including malpractice insurance.
"A lot of this is not based so much on state law but it’s just there are big insurance fools. So it is an issue that I would prefer the states to be able to handle."
And, while nothing was resolved today, most people came away with a good feeling about the conversations.