RICHMOND– What do a Democratic senator from northern Virginia and a Republican presidential candidate share? Both wish to get rid of Virginia’s unpopular car tax. Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-Fairfax) submitted bills on Monday that would eliminate the fee, which commonly occurs to be a signature issue of former governor James S. Gilmore III. Gilmore, who remains in the back of a congested field of White Home hopefuls, ran for guv in 1997 on a “No Car Tax!” promise, however was never ever completely successful. “I simply think the public is extremely annoyed they have to remain to pay it,” he stated in a phone interview Monday. “It’s not good. We ought to have simply eliminated it altogether.” The automobile tax, which was at the heart of then-Gov. Mark Warner’s legendary 2004 budget plan deal, has actually long roiled Virginia politicians who have actually searched for a way to do away with it without leaving counties and cities in the stumble. “The time has pertained to lastly do away with the vehicle tax once and for all,” Petersen said. “It’s been hanging out there for several years, it’s kind of half in, half out.” Petersen proposes very first eliminating the tax through a constitutional modification and after that providing regions the alternative of imposing a gas tax making up for the lost profits. The car tax punishes obedient drivers who register their vehicles in the state, costs them in one swelling amount and is a management nightmare for regions that have to factor in a state repayment, Petersen stated. “The whole thing is sort of a mess in my opinion,” he said. Support for killing the tax got an increase about a year ago when Gilmore hoisted an ax above his head during a speech at a Republican retreat and started a chant of “Ax the tax!” [Dec. 2014: Gilmore raises nationwide profile, will not rule out presidential bid] Rather than Petersen’s approach of replacing one tax with another, Gilmore said he wanted he might have discovered away to reverse it completely when he was guv. He ran on a pledge to e.
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OnStar assisted capture a crew of thought robbers in a taken automobile Monday. St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the taken rental vehicle on U.S. 1 in Ft. Pierce prior to midday. When the teens chose not to pull over, deputies pursued the automobile all the method to Port St. Lucie. Download WPBF 25 News app: IOS|Android OnStar from another location disabled the vehicle and shut down the engine as the suspects pulled onto Chugwater Circle. Deputies surrounded the vehicle and ordered the five teenagers out at gunpoint. Investigators discovered expensive gold pendants and bracelets in the automobile and some were being worn by the suspects. Private investigators are trying to identify if the suspects are responsible for recent burglaries on the Treasure Coast. The automobile was leased in Hallandale in Broward County however was never returned. The Sheriff’s Workplace said two of the teenagers are from Broward County and the other three are regional. Like John on Facebook|Follow John on Twitter …
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