Lt. Governor Bolling Makes Charlottesville Stop

By: Autria Godfrey Email
By: Autria Godfrey Email

Preparing to take on the traditional topics and make another attempt to settle long-standing concerns, it appears members of Virginia's General Assembly could go head to head yet again on the big issue: transportation.

"Governor Kaine, last week, unveiled his transportation package and unfortunately it was just a lot of the same old stuff...higher taxes, higher taxes, and higher taxes," Lt. Governor Bill Bolling said during a trip to Charlottesville.

Governor Tim Kaine is recommending an increase in vehicle registration fees and the car sales tax, both of which were rejected
last year.

Lt. Governor Bolling, speaking to students at UVa Monday sees the transportation concerns already a source of contention, as well as raising the state minimum wage, something that hasn't been done in 10 years.

"I am always very hesitant to support that kind of legislation because what I think it does is, it costs people jobs," Lt. Governor Bolling said.

Members will discuss just where to allocate 700 million dollars coming into the state this year, as well as possible pay raises for teachers and a tax break for low income workers.
And they will do so while, keeping in mind, all 140 seats are up for re-election come November.

"Legislators have to take that into consideration. I think voters are going to look at their most recent performance and that will be there performance in this session, so whether they deliver on what voters want is the big question come November," Matt Smythe from Uva's Center for Politics said.

Assembly members are set to hear over 3,000 bills.

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