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Planning on buying your daughter some sexy lingerie for her first day back to school this fall? Well, now you can — free from Virginia state sales tax, thanks to this weekend's back-to-school clothing and supplies tax holiday.
It takes a certain kind of genius to come up with the most unpopular idea in all of politics. A few years ago, Virginia's then-Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, developed a scheme to lease part of Interstate 95 to an Australian company so it could impose a tax on the commonwealth's drivers for the next 75 years. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican, is prepared to give final approval to this misguided high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane proposal. Before he does so, he ought to talk to his Georgia counterpart.
This week, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced his plan to eliminate state regulations governing three occupations, including hair braiding and interior design. A reasonable person can have only one reaction to this news: surprise and shock that the Virginia state government was regulating hair braiders and interior designers in the first place. But Virginia does regulate these occupations, and it is hardly alone: Nationwide, we are in the midst of an unprecedented sea of occupational-licensing requirements. In the 1950s, only about 1 in 20 Americans needed to get special permission from the government to do his job. Today that number is about 1 in 3.
The freedom of the open road could soon be a thing of the past for Virginia motorists. Big-government bureaucrats of all political stripes yearn to return to the days when toll barriers were used to shake down anyone using main thoroughfares. They've been upset ever since President Eisenhower's system of gas-tax-funded freeways spurred commerce, industry and travel across the country. On Friday, the Obama administration gave the green light to turn back the clock.
At a time when Washington continues to struggle to trim deficits that approach $1.5 trillion annually, Republican-led states, along with a few Democratic officials, continue to take the tough steps necessary to balance their state
When it comes to encouraging prosperity, the Old Dominion is trouncing the Old Line State. The American Legislative Exchange Council this week released a "Rich States, Poor States" report that modeled the 50 states and ranked the economic outlook in each. Virginia secured a third-place slot while neighboring Maryland lagged midpack at 21. That's no accident.
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Legislators say the most sizable vacancy in the Virginia Supreme Court's history isn't going to end soon - with two of seven seats unfilled for four months.