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Op-Ed by Governor Jim Gilmore, Richmond Times-Dispatch
December 7, 2014

RICHMOND, VA - In recent days, there has been much hand-wringing over budget woes in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As we await Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget, the tax-and-spend chorus in the Virginia General Assembly is laying the groundwork for rolling back the car-tax cut, thereby raising taxes on working Virginians who use their cars to get to their jobs and care for their families.

In 1997, I was elected governor of Virginia on a platform of cutting taxes, specifically to cut the car tax to help all Virginians who owned or wanted to own a car. The car-tax cut passed the 1998 General Assembly as a five-year phase-in with overwhelmingly bipartisan support.

The budget plan was for a five-year phase-in to completely eliminate the car tax. Unfortunately, after I left the governor’s office after my four-year term, the phaseout was halted and a remnant of the car tax remains today.

When I left office in 2002, I proposed a balanced budget, as required by law that included the car-tax cut. However, in 2004, Gov. Mark R. Warner and his allies in the General Assembly froze the car-tax cut at $950 million. That same year, Gov. Warner and the General Assembly complained that the car-tax cut deprived them of revenue, and so they raised taxes $1.36 billion over two years, by raising Virginia’s sales tax.

Think of the billions of dollars taken from the people of Virginia over the past 10 years because of that sales-tax increase. Now, voices in the General Assembly want to grab the car-tax cut back from these same taxpayers in order to fuel additional spending. They’ve already been paid once for the car-tax cut; now they want to be paid again.

When I proposed the car-tax cut in 1998, the budget of Virginia was about $18 billion. Now the initial budget for 2015 is projected to be about $47 billion. Since 2002, not one additional cent has been appropriated to car-tax relief. In fact, since car-tax relief was capped in 2004 and car prices have risen, the percentage allotted for car-tax relief for the taxpayer has declined. This is a deliberate cheat on the taxpayers of Virginia.

A whole string of falsehoods are being put forward to justify the proposed increase of the car tax on Virginia taxpayers. Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta, said the car-tax cut favored the rich and those with more expensive cars. Sen. Hanger knows good and well that the car-tax benefit was capped at a car value of $20,000, requiring those who owned more expensive cars to pay more, not less.

Neal Menkes, fiscal analyst for the Virginia Municipal League, claims that the car-tax cut siphons off revenue that pays for “essential local services.” The truth is that the localities have been reimbursed 100 percent from the state for forgoing the car tax money, at least until the General Assembly capped the reimbursement. The localities lost nothing. In fact, this is the very money the General Assembly proposes to take from the localities right now.

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, asserts that the car-tax cut has deprived the public schools of $4 billion over the past 12 years. He knows good and well that the General Assembly provides generous funding to public education every year. He also neglects to mention that during my administration lottery proceeds were taken away from the General Assembly and dedicated entirely to public education, creating $5.5 billion of additional education funding over the past 14 years.

Virginia has lost its way. The car-tax cut was put forth as a way to improve the lives of regular Virginians. We wanted to help younger Virginians who had to put their car tax on their credit cards. We wanted to help poorer Virginians who owned little else but their cars.

We wanted to help working Virginians driving to and from their jobs. We wanted to help mothers taking their children to and from day care, so they could work their jobs to support their families. The cut is meaningful to our citizens and, still, to this day, they thank me for initiating this most-needed tax cut. Is the car-tax cut good for Virginians, or isn’t it?

Car-tax relief is good for our people and should be continued, and the phaseout of the tax completed. We should construct a budget in Virginia that reassesses spending and completely eliminates the car tax once and for all. Then we should do a genuine tax reform that shares revenue with the localities that makes sure that local needs in law enforcement and education are met.

Gov. McAuliffe has said the current economic downturn has produced less revenue for our state. This is a challenge, but also a real chance to re-evaluate spending in our state, often driven by lobbyists, special interests and those seeking personal advantages.

This moment should not be an excuse for the tax-and-spend crowd to increase taxes once again. Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, when asked whether he favored a reduction or a complete rollback of the tax cut responded, “Either.” If the people of eastern Henrico end up paying the car tax, it will be because of the vote of their senator. If the people of Fairfax end up paying the full car tax, it will be because of the vote of their senator, Richard Saslaw.

It’s a good moment for the people to know who is on their side, and who really cares about the tax burden on people trying to make ends meet every day. This is a time for reckoning in Virginia.

Jim Gilmore, a Republican, served as the 68th Governor of Virginia. He is the Honorary Chairman of GrowthPAC. 

NOTE: This article originally appeared in  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Click HERE to read it online. 

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Gov. Rick Perry to Deliver Major Speech at Reagan Presidential Library 

Perry campaign press release

AUSTIN – Tomorrow, on the 50th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s legendary “A Time for Choosing” speech, Gov. Rick Perry will deliver an address at the Reagan Presidential Library in which he argues that America has once again come to a crossroads where defining choices must be made. Among the choices facing Americans: liberty or ever-greater government control over our daily lives; policies that promote robust economic growth or those that lead to economic stagnation; and leadership that restores trust in government or further incompetence that erodes it.

WHEN: Monday, October 27


WHERE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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American Opportunity - ICYMI: The Washington Times: 2016 tease? Jim Gilmore heads to NH, warns against GOP isolationism 

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The Washington Times: 2016 tease? Jim Gilmore heads to New Hampshire, warns against GOP isolationism

By: Seth McLaughlin 

September 4, 2014

Concerned that the GOP is tilting too far toward isolationism, former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III is traveling to New Hampshire later this week to argue for a renewed emphasis on U.S. leadership in tackling world hot spots. …
Mr. Gilmore said Wednesday he will call on Republicans to embrace a more muscular brand of foreign policy and push back against the likes of Sen. Rand Paul, a likely contender for the GOP presidential nomination who has warned about the unintended consequences of military adventurism.
“Barack Obama is wrong in sending a message of pullback in this country, and I am not sympathetic to Republicans who feel that way either,” Mr. Gilmore told The Washington Times. “We have to have a forward-leaning foreign policy and national security policy. We are the only people that can provide stability in the 21st century — the way we did in the 20th — and we are not doing that.” …
Asked about Mr. Paul’s approach to world affairs, Mr. Gilmore struck a similar note, telling The Times, “I think that type of approach is dangerous and not realistic in the modern world that we are facing right now.” …
Mr. Gilmore served one term as Virginia governor, and from 1999 to 2003 he was chairman of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the Gilmore Commission.
Mr. Gilmore’s trip to New Hampshire follows stops in Oregon, Colorado and Virginia, where he delivered a similar message on foreign policy.
Mr. Gilmore said his message is based on the idea that in order to have a strong national security, the country needs to pursue reforms that boost economic growth.
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Americans For Economic Freedom - Gov. Perry Completes Successful Economic Development Trip as Texas Continues to Lead Nation in Job Creation

AUSTIN - A year after Texas Gov. Rick Perry sparked a national conversation about competition between states, Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation, adding more jobs than any other state in January, while California lost the most of any state. The governor today completed his latest economic development trip to the Golden State as a guest of Americans for Economic Freedom (AEF). 

Texas continues to see significant in-migration of jobs and wealth from across the nation, with 60 California based companies moving to or expanding in Texas since July 2012, creating more than 14,000 jobs. Texas has also surpassed California as the top exporter of technology products in the U.S., shipping $45 billion worth of technology products in 2012.

"Elected officials should have no greater priority than building an economic environment that encourages innovation, job creation and opportunity," Gov. Perry said. "As states continue to compete for jobs and investment, it's clear the formula for this success exists in red states where leadership is laser focused on building a strong economic foundation."

Gov. Perry visited Los Angeles, Orange County and Silicon Valley while in California from March 17-19. The governor met with business leaders to discuss Texas' competitive economic policies, which allow employers to risk their capital, keep more of what they earn, invest in their businesses and create jobs. 

Coinciding with the governor's trip, AEF ran radio and television ads in California, highlighting Texas' successful combination of low taxes, smart regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce. This foundation has helped the state attract employers and families from across the country and around the world. 

AEF operates as a 501(c)(4) that examines and promotes policies that work to create opportunity, and does not engage in direct political advocacy. Board members include Marc Rodriguez, chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Newt Gingrich, Carly Fiorina, August Busch III and Dr. Art Laffer.

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Public Policy Polling Media Alert: NH 2016 poll finds Paul and Christie tops among Republicans, Clinton leading Dems

PPP's newest look ahead to the 2016 Presidential race in New Hampshire finds no clear leader. Rand Paul's at 20% to 19% for Chris Christie, 14% for Jeb Bush, 12% for Kelly Ayotte, 10% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, 3% for Bobby Jindal, and 2% for Rick Santorum.

The field we used for this poll is not exactly the same as April- Ayotte and Cruz replaced Susana Martinez and Rick Perry, who had received little support. But at any rate it's clear Marco Rubio has fallen precipitously, from 25% then to his current 7% standing. Paul's dropped by 8 points as well, perhaps because the kind of voters who are attracted to him might also be attracted to Cruz. The potential candidates on the rise are Christie (from 14% to 19%) and Bush (from 7% to 14%).

Paul has a pretty big lead with conservatives, getting 24% to 15% for Bush, 13% for Cruz, 11% for Christie, and 10% for Ayotte. Christie keeps it close overall though because he's dominant with moderates, getting 37% to 16% for Paul and 15% for Ayotte. That goes further in New Hampshire than it would in a lot of other Republican primaries since the open nature of the primary means that more than 40% of voters are independents.

There are two other demographic splits in the poll- Paul leads Christie 25/17 with men, while Christie gets 21% of women to 15% each for Paul and Bush. And Christie leads with seniors at 19% to 17% for Bush and 16% for Paul, while Paul has the advantage with younger voters at 21% to 17% for Christie.

On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton remains an overwhelming favorite with 57% to 12% for Joe Biden, 11% for Elizabeth Warren, 4% for Cory Booker, 2% for Andrew Cuomo, 1% each for Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Warner, and less than 1% each for Martin O'Malley and Brian Schweitzer. Although Clinton is certainly still in control if she wants the nomination, she's down 11 points from a 68% standing in April. Much of that movement is because Warren has more than doubled her support from 5% then to 11% now.

In a field without Clinton, Biden leads with 36% to 20% for Warren, 9% for Booker, 7% for Cuomo, and 1% each for Gillibrand, Schweitzer, O'Malley, and Warner. Biden's lead over Warren has been chopped in half from 32 points on our April poll- at that time he led 44/12 in a Hillary free field.

Warren is now the clear leader in a field without either Clinton or Biden. She gets 33% to 14% for Cuomo, 12% for Booker, 5% for Gillibrand, 4% for O'Malley, 2% for Warner, and 1% for Schweitzer. On the previous poll Cuomo had 23% and Warren 22% on this iteration of the horse race, but it also included Deval Patrick getting 17% and with him out of the mix the 'Massachusetts' vote is no longer getting split.

When it comes to the general election Hillary Clinton leads all the Republicans in head to heads. There's two pretty clear tiers of competitiveness: Chris Christie and everyone else. Christie comes within 4 points of Clinton, trailing 43/39. Everyone else we tested trails her by somewhere in the 8-12 point range: 50/42 against Ayotte, 49/40 against Bush, 50/41 against Ryan, 51/41 against Paul, and 50/38 against Cruz.

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