Taxes and Spending
“It’s time to conduct a thorough audit of how your tax dollars are spent. The Virginia budget has doubled over the last 10 years, growing 30% faster than the rate of growth in population and inflation. We need select independent audits of major state agencies, and a greater level of budget transparency throughout state government. The state budget is nearly 80 billion dollars and you need to know exactly what you are getting for that. I will work to make life simpler for Virginians by making government more efficient and user-friendly.”—- Bob McDonnell
Bob McDonnell: Friend of the Taxpayer
A Consistent Leader Fighting for Lower Taxes, Less Spending, and Free Enterprise
- Bob McDonnell voted more than 50 times to cut taxes during his 14 years in the House of Delegates, resulting in over $2 billion in tax cuts.
- Bob McDonnell was Chief Sponsor of legislation to kill the Death Tax on family businesses and farms.
- Bob McDonnell led the charge for major reforms such as welfare-to-work.
McDonnell also rejected taxes, saying lawmakers should cut spending. “The worst thing you can do during a recession is try to tax yourself to prosperity,” he said
The Virginian-Pilot (December 2, 2008) McDonnell, who is unopposed for the Republican nomination, pointed out that unemployment is up and consumer confidence is at its lowest point in 30 years — not the time, he said, to place an additional financial burden on Virginia families. Rather than raising new revenue, McDonnell said, his administration would slash state government expenditures.
“We have a spending problem more than we have a taxation problem,” McDonnell said.
The Daily Progress (December 3, 2008)