Howell, GOP Question Dems on Taxes

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) and state GOP Chairman Pat Mullins want Democratic legislative candidates to answer one question: where do you stand on tax increases?

Republicans are turning up the heat on Democratic House of Delegates candidates after gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds (D) said he’s open to a tax increase to pay for transportation improvements.

“We really do feel it’s time everyone steps forward,” Mullins said during a conference call with reporters Monday.

The GOP wants all legislative candidates to say whether they’d support or oppose proposals to raise taxes — particularly the gasoline tax — in order to fund transportation improvements.

“This is just the absolute wrong time…to be raising taxes,” Howell said.

Expect local Republican candidates to start pressing their opponents to go on the record about this issue.

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