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Senator Saslaw Criticizes Republican Transportation Plan

SB1355 is a bad deal for Virginia

Richmond, VA – Yesterday Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (35th District) voiced his strong opposition to SB 1355 during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. Saslaw compared the bill to putting a mink coat on a pig and questioned why the Senate Republicans failed to  improve the bill in committee.

SB 1355 will eliminate the gas tax, which goes directly to fund Virginia’s transportation needs and ensures that those using the roads are paying to maintain them. In its current form, the bill will raise the state sales tax and force Virginia consumers to make up the funding shortfall.

“This bill is like putting a mink coat on a pig,” said Senator Saslaw. “We need to be honest with Virginians about what this bill really does. This is nowhere near what we need to solve our transportation problems and undermines any attempt at a long-term solution. This proposal will force all Virginians to pay more and give a free ride to out-of-state drivers who will no longer have to pay the gas tax.”

The proposed legislation will provide a tax break to out-of-state drivers, who account for 30% of the miles traveled on Virginia’s roadways. Additionally, SB1355 will place the burden of transportation funding squarely on the shoulders of Virginians through an increase in the sales tax. Those who do not currently drive or own a car will be hit the hardest.

 

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For Immediate Release

January 29, 2013

Richmond, VA --Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (35th District) released the following statement on yesterday’s Republican move to block legislation that would end the practice of forcing women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion procedure:

 

“Senate Republicans have demonstrated once again that they will stop at nothing to pursue their extreme anti-woman agenda. Yesterday, with less than 24 hours advance notice and no public debate, Republicans on the Senate Education and Health Committee blocked legislation to repeal the controversial ultrasound mandate. This crowd is not worried about getting the facts right or holding an open debate, just advancing their reckless ideology behind closed doors. They can try to silence Democrats and the public voice, but they cannot hide the hard truth from Virginians and they know it."

 

 

Below is a video of Senator Saslaw standing up to the anti-woman rhetoric of Senate Republicans.

 

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