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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Re: your Feb. 17 note to readers, “Roads, taxes and the state’s priorities”:
It stated that Gov. Bob McDonnell is intending to sign a bill that will provide more income for the state’s transportation needs.
I agree there is insufficient money to be used for the needs of transportation. The money that is generated will have an impact on society, but what kind of impact? And how are we willing to generate this extra income?
I do not think it matters where you get the extra income, because it is going to affect the residents of Virginia, whether it is a raise in sales tax or a higher tax on gas and car registrations. What is going to matter is how policymakers use it.
Will the government actually use the money for things that are worthwhile, such as transportation and education, or will officials use it for government regulations that interfere with productivity? Virginians should not be made to pay for frivolous spending, but they should be willing to pay a little extra to help our state become the best that it can be.