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No new taxes? BS

August 27th, 2014

From the Virginia ABC website:

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Effective July 1, 2013, legislation enacted by the General Assembly increases the state sales tax by 0.3% statewide. An additional 0.7% state sales tax has been added to localities in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions.

  • Distilled spirits retail prices include 20 percent state tax.

  • Wine retail prices include 4 percent state tax and $.40 per liter wine tax.

  • A 6 percent sales tax will be added at the register to the retail price of wines and distilled spirits in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions.

  • A 5.3 percent sales tax will be added at the register to the retail price of wines and distilled spirits in all other regions of the state.

  • A 2.5 percent sales tax will be added to the retail price of non-alcoholic beverage items at the register in all regions of the state.

  • A 6 percent sales tax will be added at the register to the retail price of non-food/beverage items in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions.

  • A 5.3 percent sales tax will be added at the register to the retail price of non-food/beverage items in all other regions of the state.

There are several issues here.  First off, will these legislators who set these tax increases admit to raising taxes?

Secondly, is Northern Virginia getting hammered again?  How about Hampton?  Which localities?  All localities?  Why are these target areas for higher taxes?  What localities constitute “Northern Virginia?”

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  1. Lyssa
    August 27th, 2014 at 21:55 | #1

    Tax and spend Republicans?

  2. Cargosquid
    August 28th, 2014 at 01:15 | #2

    And this is on top of already high beer prices.

  3. August 28th, 2014 at 08:03 | #3

    I resent being hit harder than the rest of the state. I also resent being told no new taxes.

    We also started having to pay taxes on purchases from Amazon.

    And has anyone checked out the prices at DMV lately? Everything has gone up.

    These are taxes, folks!!!

  4. August 28th, 2014 at 08:04 | #4

    Furthermore, we here in Northern Virginia get it socked to us with the emissions inspections.

    Cargo, do you have to do the emissions inspection?

  5. Cargosquid
    August 28th, 2014 at 10:07 | #5

    @Moon-howler
    I think so. We just have to have our yearly inspection.

  6. Steve Thomas
    August 28th, 2014 at 10:44 | #6

    The new NoVA taxes are a compromise on apportionment of transportation dollars. NoVA has long been a net-contributor to the General Fund, and receives pennies on the dollar regarding transportation. My understanding is that the additional revenue from these taxes will stay in NoVA to be spent on transportation projects….so, we subsidize the rest of Virginia, and then have to pay our own “fair share”.

    I recently heard an economist state that the bulk of our current tax revenue deficit can be traced back to 15,000 fewer federal employee/contractors in NoVA. Whether these jobs evaporated or moved to another state was not discussed. However, we can see the impact of a minor change in current trends. A loss of 15K high-paying jobs has a tremendous impact on the state budget. NoVA is too dependent on the Federal government for it’s economic health, and when NoVA sneezes, Richmond catches a cold. Economic development in the rest of the state, especially those energy-sector (Coal/Gas/Uranium) regions of the state, have been adversely impacted by Federal regulations, and more than a few businesses pulling out of NE, NY, CO, MD, have chosen to by-pass Virginia an move to places like TN and TX.

    Let’s face it. NoVA is addicted to Federal spending, and Richmond is dependent on our addiction for revenue.

    • August 28th, 2014 at 11:25 | #7

      We also pay for other localities’ school spending, and then we pay our own fair share. Steve Randolph used to be the resident expert on all that also. I wish he could come over and stir me up on that issue. I forget out that works. Its been around about 20 years now. Some secret formula to screw the richer counties.

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