Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Pass A Clean Budget! Sign The Petition.

As was predicted for weeks, the General Assembly was not be able to come to an agreement on a state budget prior to leaving Richmond on Saturday. Governor Terry McAuliffe and a majority of senators have made adopting a budget contingent on expanding Obamacare, putting Virginia's economic well-being at risk. Already, far-left organizations like moveon.org are spending millions of dollars to rhetorically assault legislators taking a stand against Obamacare. We need to counter the Left's efforts by doing all we can to stand with those lawmakers who are standing for us!

One simple way you can make your voice heard is by signing the petition at www.passthebudgetterry.com/.

Even many of those who support the expansion of Obamacare, such as the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, have urged the governor and senate to decouple the budget from that debate. Holding state government, local governments, schools and, more importantly, the taxpayers of Virginia hostage because they know they don't have the votes to expand the failure that is Obamacare places an already fragile economy in peril.

Sixty-four members of the House of Delegates and 17 members of the Virginia Senate rejected the expansion of Obamacare. They need to know that we stand with them! Please sign the petition at www.passthebudgetterry.com/ so that they know you want a clean budget with no expansion of Obamacare.

It's unfortunate, but we are seeing more and more of Washington, D.C. style politics coming to Virginia. If the Left can't win the debate with facts and reason — which aren't on its side — it resorts to politically motivated scare tactics and rhetorical bludgeoning. Those who understand the dire straits our Republic is in because of our ever growing $17 trillion debt are painted as "uncaring" and not in favor of health care for those who are disadvantaged! The truth is that Medicaid is the least effective way of providing care to those in need and Obamacare has prevented us from having a real debate over how to fix our health care system.

The first step is to sign the petition. We are currently planning other ways by which you'll be able to make your voice heard regarding this important issue. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days!

Tax Increases For The Rich

As the countdown to the Special Tax Session of the General Assembly begins (it starts two weeks from today) we take notice of a post from yesterday at Tertium Quids about one of the chief lobbying/special interest groups supporting massive tax increases. Click here to read it. Basically, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is pushing for tax increases (as noted in an op-ed Tertium Quids cites). However, as blogger Norman Leahy reminds us, the Chamber fought like crazy four years ago an attempt to close certain tax loopholes that benefited its members. Here's an excerpt:

Let's just accept these contentions as true. If we really, honestly, need a broad revenue base to address the unmet needs of paving contractors across the state and "everyone should share in paying for them" then the first thing the legislature needs to do is look closely at the tax code and close the various and sundry loopholes that the Chamber and its allies have carved out over the years.In other words, if the Chamber wants more taxes fine. Let's make sure all of their members pay them, too.

It also illustrates how those opposing tax increases have failed to properly frame the issue, at least as it concerns the business community.

It may sound populist, but it is the truth: Certain elements of the business community want higher taxes because it serves as a government subsidy that lines their pockets. All of a sudden the shopping centers, condos and office complexes they own or plan to develop, with new roads built nearby with massive new taxes, become more affordable to build and profitable to keep. It is someone else paving the way (literally) for their projects' success by decreasing their own investment costs by shifting those costs to taxpayers. When the government pays for projects to benefit a private project it's called a subsidy — or a transfer of wealth. By any standard these proposed tax increases qualify as money would be transferred from families and individuals to those who have commercial interests from which to make personal gain.

Call it corporate welfare, call it anything you want. It is still government extracting money from private citizens to help certain businesses pay for projects that benefit their bottom line. Their hypocricy in preserving their own tax breaks proves it.