February 25, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and General Assembly Republicans for their budget that implements a 3.5 percent gasoline tax indexed to rise with inflation, paves the way for a local 1 percent sales tax, expands Medicaid, and implements Obamacare:
“In 2011, when Virginia voters gave Republicans a solid majority in the House of Delegates and picked up two seats in the Senate, they were probably expecting lower taxes and scaled back spending. Instead, they got a $3.1 billion tax hike to fund a dramatic increase in transportation spending, and to get the Democrat votes needed to pass their tax increase, they agreed to expand Medicaid rolls by 372,000 by 2019.
“The budget appropriates the money for Medicaid expansion and then, adding insult to injury, unconstitutionally leaves the final decision to a 10-member legislative panel. This is a sellout of the first order and something Republicans swore they would never do. They’re implementing Obamacare.
“Billions of dollars taken from the private economy and an expansion of the welfare state; these are the legacies of Bob McDonnell’s time in office. It is a stain on the both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Republican Party.”
“Republicans raise taxes in Virginia in return for… expanding Medicaid?” By Robert Romano, Feb. 25, 2013 at http://netrightdaily.com/2013/02/republicans-raise-taxes-in-virginia-in-return-for-expanding-medicaid/
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