Tuesday, October 20, 2009

“On guard” at the dueling Lt. Governor debate

Jody Wagner and Bill Bolling

Jody Wagner and Bill Bolling

It was gloves off at Monday night’s Lt. Governor’s debate with incumbent Republican Bill Bolling and Democratic challenger Jody Wagner. Jay Warren with WSLS channel 10 moderated the hour debate at Roanoke College.

If you learned something new then good for you. Bill Bolling as in his ads attacked Wagner on increasing taxes during the Kaine and Warner administrations. Since Wagner was not an elected official during that time it sort of fell flat.

Wagner kept beating Bolling over the head with his commission absenteeism saying that Bolling has only shown up for 5.97% of meetings. A review of all available meeting minutes for the 9 boards and commission Bolling has served on as Lieutenant Governor revealed that he or a representative from his office attended only four out of 67 meetings, or 5.97 percent.


The Wagner campaign in a press release shortly after the debate:

Wagner Helped Gov. Kaine Completely Eliminate State Income Taxes for 140,000 Virginians. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, “Gov. Timothy M. Kaine symbolically signed into law…a measure that will remove about 140,000 low-income people from the tax rolls by raising the filing threshold, beginning in the 2008 tax year.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/4/07]

Web DSC03269Wagner Helped Gov. Kaine Eliminate The Estate Tax. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Kaine signed a bill repealing Virginia’s estate tax.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 8/2/08]

Wagner Helped Gov. Warner Cut the Tax on Food. According to the Virginia Department of Taxation, “Effective July 1, 2005, the combined state and local sales and use tax rate on food for home consumption will be 2½%. House Bill 1638 and Senate Bill 708 (Chapters 521 and 487) enacted by the 2005 General Assembly and recently signed into law by Governor Warner, reduce the state sales and use tax rate on food for home consumption from 3% to 1½% effective July 1, 2005.” [Virginia Department of Taxation, accessed 10/18/09]

Wagner had a laundry list of taxes Bolling raised or initiated that included trash fees, traffic fees, local event fees, residential development fees, fees for non-residential hunting licenses, fees for hunting fishing and motorboat registration, raise taxes on businesses selling soft drinks, and doubling the surcharge for registering a car or truck.

No press release from Bolling suggests his confidence in his lead in the polls.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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