Tarry for the Nonce

July 17, 2007

The Media Wheels Spin Round and Round

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 2:43 pm

When I was in Virgina last weekend, the police were out in force. I was told it was due to an extravagant fine that was placed on any Virginia residents with a moving violation.

An online petition against Virginia’s steep new “abusive driver” fees neared 100,000 signatures Monday, accelerating lawmakers’ calls for the General Assembly to rescind them before voters go to the polls Nov. 6.

Pointing up the political power of the issue, at one point Monday more than 1,000 people an hour were signing the petition demanding that lawmakers repeal the fees — some of which can top $1,000 — or risk being voted out of office.

I am reading the petition comments with amusement.

In reading the bill, however, it turns out that the fine is not as bad as it appears. It seems to that the fees are only applied to anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor driving offense and that motorists with eight or more points on their driving records will have to pay more. The intent is to raise $65 million without raising the gas tax, but considering the uproar, they will probably repeal it and increase the gas tax instead.

Personally, I think the state should just learn to control its spending. Their ridiculous property taxes are forcing my grandparents to sell their farm because they can’t afford the taxes any longer.

So I don’t blame the residents for being peeved, although these fines don’t seem quite as burdensome as the media reported them to be.

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3 Comments »

  1. Everyone wants smaller government. Until it adversely affects them, that is.

    While I have no issue with tightening health spending, I feel that taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilization.

    Comment by Howard R — July 18, 2007 @ 9:45 am

  2. Taxes are all fine and good until they are used to line the pockets of the government and not used to improve the civilization.
    Maybe if they would stop spending the taxes on vacations and good times they wouldn’t have to constantly make virginians pissed by stealing their money either through gas or tickets.

    Comment by Alistair A. — July 21, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

  3. While by no means whatsoever am I defending politicians personal use of public funds, I personally doubt that’s a significant drain on governmental budgets.

    Comment by Howard R — July 24, 2007 @ 6:09 am


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