Full House to Take Up Tax Hike

A House committee this afternoon voted to send former Gov. Tim Kaine’s (D) tax increase proposal to the full body — forcing every lawmaker to say ‘aye’ or ‘no’ to the proposal.

The 13-2 vote by the House Rules Committee was expected; Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry) and House Democratic Caucus Chair Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) voted no.

The proposal would eliminate the state’s car tax relief — which runs the Commonwealth $950 million a year — and would replace it with an increase to the state’s income tax.

Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington) is carrying the bill for the former governor.

Lawmakers will now debate the measure on the House floor, perhaps as early as this week.

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