Since Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart floated the idea of eliminating the cap on real estate tax increases, not a day has gone by without a well-deserved thrashing from his one-time supporters. Here is today’s… Chairman Stewart: In 2006 you strongly opposed Brentswood (the predecessor of the pending Stone Haven and Prince William… More Another Day, Another Thrashing for Corey Stewart
InsideNOVA is reporting the following: Prince William leader floats idea of eliminating real-estate tax cap Saying Prince William County residents are more concerned about overcrowded classrooms than their annual real-estate taxes, Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart proposed a change in local tax policy Tuesday that would focus more on raising needed revenue for schools… More Corey Stewart Commits Political Hara-kiri; Where’s the Tylenol?
Disaffection with the president was a major driver for Republican success in last night’s election – of that there is no doubt. That said, the extent of success was greatly helped by…wait for it…taxes. We begin with the epicenter of the tax argument: Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback’s tax reduction were supposed to be his own… More Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)
Reactions to the Bob McDonnell verdict our pouring in, and there’s one in particular (from many of his defenders) that I find completely flabbergasting. The ex-Governor’s defenders are calling him a “man of integrity.” My jaw hits the table each time I see that. Folks, Bob McDonnell spent all of 2009 insisting he would not… More Bob McDonnell was a WHAT?!?!
With Ben Chafin’s election, it is now official. After seven months, the Republicans have a majority in the Virginia Senate once more. As one would expect, a number of my friends are crowing. Unfortunately for me, recent political history is screaming in my ears. It makes my optimism about a fully Republican-controlled Virginia legislature extremely… More Dear Virginia Senate Republican Majority: Don’t mess it up again with another tax hike
From: Office of Truth And Justice To: Our Dear Leader MEMO # 42: Resistance Cell – “Sons Of Liberty” The following message was intercepted by the resistance. These reactionaries go by the name: “The Son’s of Liberty” Among their racist, misogynistic and homophobic beliefs is that men should be judged by the content of their… More Progressive Jihad: Memo #42
Based on the Richmond Times-Dispatch report, a budget deal is in sight (via Bull Elephant): The Senate will convene Thursday to enact a two-year state budget that will have about $700 million less in new spending than when the General Assembly adjourned its regular session March 8 without approving a budget because of a bitter political battle over… More The Virginia Medicaid battle is suspended, but not over
So the Republicans have won a political battle for the State Senate, but that’s no guarantee that the forces for limited government will win the war. In fact, history predicts the opposite.… More State Senator Phil Puckett resigns; deck chairs on Titanic to be re-arranged
Well, here is something you don’t see every day. Four of the Republican candidates for Lt. Governor in 2013 (including its nominee), wrote an op-ed published in Washington, D.C.’s “The Hill” newspaper in support of of federal tax reform. Former Chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson, Virginia State Senator Steve Martin,… More Four 2013 GOP LG Candidates Co-Write Op-Ed Supporting Federal Tax Reform
Fmr. President George H.W. Bush (a.k.a. “41”) was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage award yesterday for raising taxes as part of the 1990 budget deal. Why they decided to honor him nearly 24 years after the fact is a mystery to me. What is truly ironic, however, is that one of… More Irony – Bush 41 Gets JFK Profile In Courage Award For RAISING Taxes
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors last night passed a 4.5% tax hike for FY ’15 and a massive 22.5% tax increase over 5 years. When was the last time you got a 4.5% raise? Here’s how they voted on the tax hike: Yeas: Stewart, Caddigan, Nohe, Principi, Covington, and Jenkins. Nays: Candland and… More PWC Passes Massive Tax Hike
The following is a GUEST POST from an anonymous fellow Prince William County resident: According to “Forbes” as cited on WTOP today, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun and Stafford all rank ahead of Prince William County in terms of wealth now. All are ahead of PWC, which was in the national top ten list of wealthiest… More GUEST POST: Stafford Co. Rises As PWC Falls In Rank Of Wealthiest Counties
Notice anything unusual about these websites? Go to any Prince William County school website and you will see the same message repeated at the top of EVERY SINGLE PAGE on the website about the county budget. Click on the “Read more” link and you’ll be brought to a page on the school administration’s main website… More PWC Schools Using Taxpayer Money To Lobby For Higher Taxes
No matter what the situation, no matter how bad the problem, no matter how catastrophic the state of affairs, a nation can always count on the International Monetary Fund to make things worse. This week, Ukraine is about to learn that painful lesson. The IMF is sending $18 billion to the new Ukraine government, but… More IMF Introduces Ukraine to Faux-sterity
There has been quite the debate lately over the issue of property taxes in Prince William County as discussions on the FY ’15 budget heat up, mostly because people are comparing apples and oranges – tax rates vs. assessed values, etc. There are a variety of factors to consider, so that’s why I found the… More Setting the Record Straight on PWC Property Taxes
I’m likely the minority voice on VV. That won’t make impeaching Herring any less damaging.… More Impeaching Mark Herring is a terrible idea
The numbers are small, but they make up for it by being questionable.… More When you crunch the numbers, Ryan-Murray is a bad deal
Prince William County often likes to tout a CNN/Money ranking that lists it high on job creation (a ranking that doesn’t take into account the quality of the jobs being created, which are mostly in the lower-paying service industry sector.) Well, here’s another study from the same source that they don’t want you to hear… More Here’s The CNN/Money Ranking PWC Doesn’t Want You To Hear About
Ken Cuccinelli defended his role in two separate tax increases. Are we really supposed to believe this didn’t sink him when Republicans who didn’t raise taxes won in far “bluer” areas?… More Ken Cuccinelli was a squish, which brought his ticket-mates down with him. Period. (UPDATED)
Number of tax increases enacted by Governor Chris Christie during his term: zero Number of tax increase endorsed by Ken Cuccinelli during his campaign: two Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in Virginia yesterday: five Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in New Jersey yesterday: twelve Cuccinelli’s support for election: 45% Christie’s support for re-election: 60% Cross-posted to… More Election Take-aways
Advisory: Cuccinelli To Hold Press Conference Call Springfield, Va. – Ken Cuccinelli today will hold a press conference call to discuss the latest discovery regarding Terry McAuliffe and his troublesome union ties. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? No, No, No, No, NO!!!! During the debate last night, the following was said: A.G. Ken Cuccinelli: “Terry McAuliffe literally did nothing… More WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? No, No, No, No, NO!!!!
Our accolades to the majority of the Prince William County school board who voted to study moving to a zero-based budget process (h/t The Derecho and PWC Education Reform Blog.) Chairman Milt Johns and Board members Lisa Bell, Betty Covington, Steve Keen, Alyson Satterwhite, and Gil Trenum each deserve our thanks. In light of the… More PWC School Board Sets An Example For Our Supervisors To Follow