This just came in over the window transom into Virtucon’s virtual offices. We’ve known about this for a while, but have held off on releasing this so that Susan could do so on her own terms…
Over the last two years, I’ve heard the same thing from people across Stafford County and Fredericksburg: the politicians in Richmond are out of touch. They raise our taxes, waste our money and always ask for more—all while we’re forced to cut our household budgets and sit in traffic.
That’s why earlier today I announced my candidacy for the House of Delegates in House District 28, which has been held for nearly 28 years by Delegate Bill Howell, the Speaker of the House.
Bill Howell has been the consistent force behind every major tax increase in Virginia in the last decade. He has voted for them, he has engineered them and they are his legacy.
Simply put, Bill Howell has lost his way and is the chief architect of a tax-and-spend agenda that rewards the politicians and punishes the middle class. It is time for a change.
<spanstyle=”text-decoration: underline;”>Bill Howell has been a friend, but we have profound policy disagreements. We’ve helped each other in the past and we have worked together at many levels to elect Republicans to office. I was thrilled in 2009 when Republicans won all three statewide offices in Virginia and gained a super majority in the House of Delegates. But instead of leading as a conservative to transform government, Bill Howell squandered that opportunity by crafting the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history in 2013.
Howell repeatedly sides with the liberal Democrats and The Washington Post editorial pages and thinks government needs more money. The truth is Richmond has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
To make matters worse, Speaker Howell promised those new tax dollars would be spent to improve our roads. But after the 2013 tax hike, in their very next budget, the General Assembly unlocked the transportation “lockbox” and rolled the money into the general fund breaking that promise. Republicans must put a halt to the duplicitous nature of the tax-and-spend crowd in Richmond.
Speaker Howell has equally been a champion of skyrocketing spending. Virginia’s budget has doubled under Howell’s leadership. This year alone he grew the budget over 13%.
Conservative Republicans do not continually raise taxes and grow the size of government.
Governing is about making tough decisions, actually living within our means like families do every day, and doing right by the people who elect us.
I look forward to highlighting my record of cutting taxes, cutting spending and making government more efficient while prioritizing funds for roads, schools and public safety with Speaker Howell’s tax hiking, big spending record.
For the first time in decades, voters will finally have a real choice and Bill Howell will have to explain why his engineering of massive tax increases in 2004, 2007 and 2013, and the doubling of Virginia’s budget while we still sit in traffic, are good things for Virginians.
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