Senate Republicans Vote Against $300 million Tax Cut
RICHMOND – Today, Virginia's Republican Senators cast ideology aside for the sake of tax revenue as they voted against a bill that would eliminate hotel taxes for several areas of the state.
This afternoon, all 18 of the Senate's Republican members voted against House Bill 1452, which offers to eliminate the five percent transient occupancy tax, on hotels, motels, boarding houses, travel campgrounds and other facilities offering guest rooms, for seven cities and 16 counties. These localities include Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach and Winchester.
Coincidently, several Senate Republicans, including Sen. Mark Obenshain, voted against transient occupancy taxes for other districts.
Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw, who introduced the amendment that provided the tax relief, said Thursday that this would cut $300million in taxes a year.
According to the Times Dispatch, this would be the biggest tax break in the state since the car-tax roll back in 1998 by Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore.
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus spokesperson called the Senate Republicans' tax vote insightful.
"A number of Senate Republicans showed their true tax beliefs today on the Senate floor. They promote tax cuts on the campaign trail and occasionally vote for tax cuts for other districts. However, when it comes to their districts some of them would rather receive tax revenue than cut taxes," said Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Communications Director Keiana Page.