Virginia Taxes Up 55-percent in 10 Years
Virginia's taxes soared 55-percent between 1994 and 2004 according to the latest census data. Meanwhile, Maryland's tax burden shot up by 46-percent in the same time frame. Virginia's 2004 per capita tax amounted to $1,903, while Maryland's was $2,214. Keep this up and Chichester will get his wish of Virginia being in the same range as Maryland for taxes. This is perhaps the most laughable response from the Kaine administration on this:
A member of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's Cabinet said the census study is misleading. Secretary of Finance Jody M. Wagner said the numbers do not take into account that much of the state's income tax is used for local funding or the state's car-tax rebate.Hello? If this person is Secretary of Finance, she either thinks that the public are a bunch of morons or she is a moron herself. The census data was the "average per capita tax." Therefore, the 70-percent car-tax relief is already taken into account in the average and lowers it, not raises it. The average per capita tax rate is calculated not by looking solely at the state income tax, but also at various fees, sales taxes, property taxes, etc. If it weren't for the car-tax rebate, Virginia's per capita tax would be higher, further closing the gap with Maryland. Virginia currently ranks 31st in the nation in rate of taxation while Maryland is 15th. We better get Chichester et al. packing before they put us into the top half (if not quarter) of high-tax states. If he loves Maryland's tax rates so much, instead of trying to remake Virginia into a Maryland clone, perhaps he should just move across the river and enjoy the real thing.