Washington Post Column: Anti-tax activists gain in Virginia

Washington PostWashington Compromise is about to get harder in Virginia
Opinion Column
By Stephen J. Farnsworth, Published June 30, 2013

Forget about bipartisan compromise in Virginia. In a series of actions this spring, anti-tax activists have killed the prospects even for one-party agreement in Richmond.

Over the winter, Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and top lawmakers crafted a major transportation bill — the first such bill to be successful in the commonwealth in more than 20 years — to deal with the choking gridlock of our region. With the assistance of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford), the governor secured enough votes in the Republican-controlled chambers to pass the $1.4 billion-a-year plan, including $1.2 billion in new tax revenue.

Now, for the second time in two months, the anti-tax activists who tried but failed to block the measure have had their revenge.

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