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Ken Cuccinelli Unveils Tax Plan, and Not Surprisingly It Would Be a Disaster for Virginia


Emerging like a cicada from whatever hole he’s been hiding in, Ken Cuccinelli this morning announced what he calls his “jobs plan for Virginia”. Instead, based on the Washington Post’s summary, it looks like Cuccinelli’s plan would simply do what Republicans love doing the most: rewarding wealthy individuals and corporations with huge tax cuts, while blowing a massive hole in the budget and saddling the rest of us with the bill. Specifically, Cuccinelli “calls for cutting the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 4 percent over four years, and reducing the individual income tax rate from 5.75 percent to 5 percent over that period.” The result: “those cuts would cost state government about $1.4 billion a year.”

How would Cuccinelli recoup that $1.4 billion a year it? He claims he’ll do it by eliminating “tax exemptions and loopholes,” but far more likely is that he’ll have to do one or more of the following: 1) slash education spending; 2) slash spending on health care; 3) raise taxes on the working and middle classes; 4) screw Virginia’s localities; and/or 5) destroy Virginia’s AAA bond rating. Unless, of course, you believe that there really are $1.4 billion a year in “tax exemptions and loopholes” that realistically could be cut. And if you believe that one…

Also, see the following statement from the McAuliffe for Governor campaign, which sums it up nicely:

While Ken Cuccinelli has focused his career on divisive social issues like restricting women’s health, his new foray into economic issues shows that he puts ideology ahead of sound fiscal management in Virginia. Cuccinelli’s proposal would lead to a budget crisis that could undermine education, force localities to dramatically raise property taxes, and threaten the Commonwealth’s bond rating. Under Governors Warner, Kaine and McDonnell, Virginia has maintained its reputation as a well-managed state but Cuccinelli’s unrealistic and ideological plan would undermine that tradition. Virginians know there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Equally unrealistic is Cuccinelli’s bizarre attempt to claim that he supported the recent work of Governor McDonnell. Cuccinelli’s attempts to claim credit for McDonnell’s signature transportation compromise have been mocked in the past since it is well-documented Cuccinelli was one of the extremists who tried to derail the bipartisan plan.

Terry McAuliffe has proposed realistic, mainstream solutions to make Virginia the best for business including responsible local tax reform, strengthening workforce training, streamlining economic development and diversifying Virginia’s economy. While Cuccinelli tried to stop Governor McDonnell’s transportation plan at each and every step, Terry was proud to encourage passage of the bipartisan compromise that will reduce gridlock and improve competitiveness.

  • From Progress Virginia:

    Cuccinelli Tax Plan Is Long On The Gimmicks, Short On The Governing

    This morning Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli released an ideological tax proposal that would blow a hole in Virginia’s budget and endanger the Commonwealth’s record of sound fiscal management. Cuccinelli’s plan simply pays lip service to ending a Richmond culture of corporate cronyism he has perpetuated, most recently through his questionable relationship with troubled tobacco company Star Scientific.

    “We invest in the things we value, but Ken Cuccinelli’s economic plan would gut the home front programs that protect Virginia families and invest in our future success,” said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. “Schools, roads, nurses and cops aren’t disposable in service of Cuccinelli’s right-wing ideology. Any economic plan that fails to prioritize home front investments isn’t a serious plan to promote economic opportunities for Virginia families.

    “Of note, Cuccinelli’s plan fails to specify which of hundreds of corporate tax loopholes and giveaways he would target for elimination. If Virginians can’t trust Cuccinelli to remember to disclose the lavish gifts he receives from corporate interests, can we really trust him to close loopholes that benefit some of his biggest donors?”

  • House Dem Leader Toscano’s Statement on Cuccinelli Tax Proposal

    RICHMOND — Today, Democratic House Caucus Leader David Toscano released this statement following Ken Cuccinelli’s failed attempt to propose a specific and responsible tax plan for the Commonwealth:

    “Virginia’s Governors have a long standing history of fiscal responsibility and balancing the budget while making the Commonwealth friendly for business. Ken Cuccinelli’s new tax proposal is short on specifics, and would either force cuts in schools and public safety, throw our budget  irresponsibly out of balance, or both. It would also threaten our AAA bond rating. Virginians deserve a Governor who puts jobs and the state’s economy ahead of political gimmickry.”

  • Bulova, Ward: Cuccinelli Tax Plan is Unrealistic and Harmful

    Earlier today, Ken Cuccinelli unveiled an ideological tax proposal that would likely cause a budget crisis at the state and local level.  As local leaders around Virginia have had a chance to digest the plan and the dangerous cuts to critical programs and services it would require, their reactions have not been favorable to Ken Cuccinelli:

    Hampton Mayor Molly Ward said:

    “Drastic budget cuts at the state level will necessarily result in additional stress on municipal budgets for police, fire and schools that our communities can not afford. The responsible approach requires a realistic and concrete balance which is not evident in Mr. Cuccinelli’s proposal.”

    Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors said:

    “Local governments and our taxpayers will no doubt end up picking up the tab for the loss in state funding created by Ken Cuccinelli’s unrealistic plan. It sounds a lot like the ‘no car tax’ debacle the state is still trying to dig itself out of more than a decade later.”

  • kindler

    …got “forgotten” along with all those nice gifts from Jonnie Williams…