(WASHINGTONPOST) — Hey Northern Virginians! How would you like to pay another one percent of your income directly to your county or city, in addition to the federal and state income tax you already pay? This new income tax would be used strictly to remedy our wide and varied transportation problems. Sound good?
Before you answer, know that our friends in the Virginia state Senate have already passed this idea, and it’s now being pondered by the House. It happened late at night last week, on the last day such bills could emerge from one house or the other, and was misleadingly titled, “City of Portsmouth authorized to levy to generate revenue for transporation.” The title didn’t mention that it would also authorize the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park to do the same — the entire State of NoVa, plus Norfolk and Virginia Beach.