As Governor Tim Kaine announced his request of a statewide tax increase – which almost doubles the gas tax - here are quotes from his own Democrat House Members showing either their underwhelming support for doubling the gas tax or their fear of telling the voters that they support doubling the gas tax:
Del. Brian Moran - Democrat Caucus Leader and Candidate for Governor
“Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) said House Democrats are "assessing the need and evaluating the options."
Wash Post 4/3
Delegate Ward Armstrong - Democrat Minority Leader.
"I'm not the one that says, 'Not no, but hell no,' on all of this stuff," Armstrong said. "I'm convinced that we need additional revenue in order to support new construction. Just how we do it -- I'm not committed to a particular plan or proposal yet."
Roanoke Times 4/3
The way I see it, these guys are chicken. They talk quite a big game, but do Ward Armstrong's constituents support a 15 cent gas tax increase when their “rush hour” traffic is non existent?
Does Brian Moran think he can win a Governor's race with a 15 cent gas tax increase on his brochure?
Which one is it Gentlemen? Do you support a gas tax increase or other statewide tax increase? If you do, then stand up like a man and tell us your position. If you don't, then tell the Governor to drop his proposal for a statewide tax increase.