The past few days have been pretty big for conservatives (or anyone for that matter) up here in
Personally, besides generally opposing giving unelected bodies the authority to levy an amalgamation of taxes and fees, I am extremely happy that the massively increased grantors tax was (at least temporarily) eliminated. My family has seriously been considering selling our home to get more space and the elimination of the grantors tax increase will save us over $2,000. Given the weak housing market, saving $2,000 will certainly help our cause. I never thought I’d see a specific court decision potentially save us some serious cash!
That said, as we all continue to look towards 2009, I was very interested to see Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s comments on the court’s decision. As we all know, last year he was a big proponent of these plans, and in fact wanted to take great credit for their passage, but now he says he was only defending them because it was his obligation to do so.
Now the AG says “We intervened in this case as is our obligation to defend challenges to the constitutionality of legislation passed by the General Assembly. The Virginia Supreme Court has spoken, we respect their decision, and we will advise our clients appropriately based on today’s ruling.”
I was disappointed to see McDonnell distancing himself from HB 3202 after trumpeting his involvement last year. If you are going to accept the good from a legislative action, you need to take the bad as well. I doubt he can realistically expect anyone who has been paying attention these past few years to not notice the sudden change of tune regarding the package for which he allegedly (at least according to some) served as the architect.
Regardless, we couldn’t be happier with the court’s decision. Virginians remain free from taxation by unelected and unaccountable authorities—despite the best efforts of some folks down in