Republican gubernatorial front-runner Ed Gillespie unveiled on Thursday (3/16) what he called the centerpiece of his campaign: a tax cut.
Not since Jim Gilmore, who got the Governor’s Mansion by vowing to kill the car tax, has a candidate unveiled such bold strokes: a 10% chop in the state income tax and elimination of local levies on business machines and revenue.
University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth says, “Show me the money.”
On a conference call, Gillespie promised to put $1,300 back in a family’s pockets--and create 53,000 jobs. “I think these policies will get us growing again,” said Gillespie.
Professor Farnsworth says, “When you guarantee a tax cut based on future revenue growth, you’re assuming facts not in evidence, and that’s not necessarily the best way to run a state government.”
Fellow Republican Corey Stewart said he’d make budget cuts to eliminate taxes for many Virginians.