Push to change state gas tax in Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks out
- Duration 4:29
- Date Feb 8, 2013
Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks out
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Meanwhile to Virginia in a battle over the governor's transportation plan there.
It would it would eliminate the gas tax and replace it with a small hike in state sales tax to Republican governor Bob McDonnell on.
Where things stand right now governor -- to thank you for joining us first of all.
Can you outline is our land necessary if you wanna raise the state sales XP one eliminate the gas -- give us numbers.
Where we do have a a problem with infrastructure and America you heard the secretary's comments and you're exactly right.
Only 6% of that stimulus money was spent on infrastructure.
The rest of it spent on things that didn't help as much so.
What we're trying to do -- we do have a problem and it's against the gasoline tax on a state of decline because of inflation alternative fuels and cafe standards and so forth and so we've got -- -- congested area in America Northern Virginia just came out again this week so we're trying to build.
Infrastructure the gas taxes is got to keep declining and so -- we're suggesting is.
Lets you heard of it are going there with a sales factor grows with the economy.
Let let let's that -- abuse numbers -- state gasoline Virginia gas tax itself is seventeen and a half cents per gallon.
But nationwide it's eighteen point four battles -- -- you're saying eliminate the seventeen and a half cents per gallon a state sales that -- and eight tenths of one -- -- percent so go from five to five point 8% on sales of everything is that right.
Well that's right and what happens is that we'll have the lowest gas prices in the country my guess is everybody's gonna wanna buy gas in Virginia.
We replace that essentially our revenue neutral basis in the first year without -- hike in the sales tax the five point.
And the sales tax growth because of economic growth the gas tax goes down so it is part of the solution air but we're also doing.
Other things were using us on general fund.
We're doing a couple of things and small increase in the registration -- altogether to about 800 million dollars a year -- shall -- A long way to fixing our infrastructure and its quality of life it's family time it's job creation and it's of the we need to do governor there -- a lot about.
-- you're saying -- are we raising taxes aren't -- in effect.
Raising taxes by taking away one tax -- giving -- the people of Virginia and other attacks that over the course of time will probably cost them more money now.
Well I'm saying it's not it's it's a revenue neutral conversion.
Everybody knows the gas tax is a long term.
Decline it isn't going to be sufficient and replacing -- on -- revenue neutral basis today.
With a different like attacks -- grows not because it's a tax increase I believe but because it's economic growth.
We know that's gonna -- -- 45% a year or so I think it's the right change a lot of us governors around the country are looking at tax reform.
Tax changes to update -- to the modern economy.
But we're -- a huge chunk -- -- general fun.
Which means we're cutting spending and other areas to free up money for the priority of transportation.
And I think that's a conservative approach.
All right governor good to have to turn the page a little bit here.
You delivered a stadium the union response one point senator Marco Rubio will be delivering the next one he'll deliver -- both Spanish and English.
What I think -- you give us some my thoughts on on that new turn of events.
Well -- a great choice he's one of the Arab that -- of refreshing dynamic positive.
Conservative speakers in the country today I'd say a couple things one is.
You're never gonna compete with a president that -- states it speaks for an hour and ten minutes when you've got ten minutes.
To give the response he speak into the well of the house and you're speaking looking at the camera.
So don't speak don't swing for the fences try to be yourself and do a couple things one.
Picture happy positive conservative -- wanna attract people to your team.
To spell out in real simple terms why our ideas are better what conservatism worked in -- liberalism fails and but explain to people why these ideas will translate into results that will make the quality of life better for all Americans I think if -- do that -- ten minutes.
Especially with the middle class.
It'll be a good night sir -- someone said I can't remember who said -- -- say they -- -- Marco Rubio he speaks conservatism as a first language.
Well that's what you got to do our ideas work bears though and I think it's obviously your sixteenth related that.
And you've got unemployment rate -- 8% this president's ideas haven't worked.
And the Republican ideas that -- Marco Rubio trump is better than about anybody.
I think do work and he can explain it well connecting with the average voter.
And it's a good choice for our government Bob -- don't -- you for joining us sir have a great weekend.