Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Great Job

I still haven't fully digested the new GOP transportation proposal, but I am glad to see something. This is a great step in trying to fix our transportation woes, and I am glad that my party finally has come to an agreement on something.

Now the big question is, will Kaine go along with it?

This certainly puts the ball in the GOP's court, as they now have a plan; so Kaine either has to agree to it or make his own proposal and risk the GOP opposing that.

This should be good politically for the GOP as well as good for the state as there will be movement on doing something.

10 Comments:

  • At 1/18/2007 7:45 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Before you cheer you might want to see how much taxes are raised and if it has regional governments with taxing authority.

     
  • At 1/18/2007 8:03 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    They allow for regional authorities (I think that is subject to whether the locales wanna do it) and also raise vehicle registration $10.
    The rest is basically bonds and general fund/surplus money.

     
  • At 1/19/2007 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    unless you want a driver's license or have a bad record.

     
  • At 1/19/2007 7:24 PM, Anonymous The Rock(ingham Kid) said…

    This is ridiculous- $2B is not that much money- that won't even catch us up to where we need to be regarding infrastructure. $500M recurring revenue is but a drop in the bucket. That'll help pave an extra lane on I-81- from about Harrisonburg to Bridgewater. And what about the rest of the State. Pathetic. We're all happy only because we finally have a plan. The GA has done a great job the past 3-4 years lowering, and lowering the bar. Now they offer this junk, and they've exceeded all expectations. Credit is not due here.

     
  • At 1/20/2007 10:53 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    7:24, how much money do you think we need to raise for this?
    I mean, we can spend the entire 10 billion extra from the last budget as far as I am concerned; but the liberals will cry bloody murder as we "cut" spending for education and the like.

     
  • At 1/20/2007 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't believe you like this plan. In order for it to work localities in NOVA and HR are going to have to raise taxes. Prince William and Loudon have basically said no way. How long before others join them?

    After all their teeth-gnashing, the Republicans caved and said "ok, raise taxes."

     
  • At 1/20/2007 3:35 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    3:22, no I dont like the plan compared to what should be done; but I would rather see something donw as opposed to nothing.

    If I were in charge, we would use some of that 10 billion extra we spent this budget on transportation.

    No one wants to do that though.

     
  • At 1/20/2007 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hokie - this plan is doomed to failure. I think we set the bar too low when we say something is btter than nothing. We deserve to have the leaders we elect hold true to their principles.

    Traffic is terrible but this awful remedy is no solution. Nothing personal here, just disagreeing. Take care.

     
  • At 1/20/2007 6:11 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I agree 5:38; thats why I want us to use the extra 10 billion.

     
  • At 1/23/2007 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    gophokie, I'd like to see your opinion stay the same after maintenance funds are stripped from Tech's budget and the financial aid account is slashed. All of that happened under a Democratic governor in the past and would again under YOUR plan.

     

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