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“Viewpoint: Gillespie’s grown-up tax plan”

Washington Business Journal David Brunori

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I have spent nearly 30 years studying, teaching, practicing, and writing about state taxes. I have seen a lot of bad state tax policy during my career. This is an election year in Virginia, and election years almost always produce tax proposals. But this year is a little different. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee, has not released a tax plan. Indeed, Northam has rarely mentioned taxes on the stump. If history is any indication, Northam will support higher tax burdens. As a legislator Northam was not shy about his desire to raise taxes. Moreover, his campaign is based on significantly higher spending.

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