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Virginia Governor's Race 2017: Tax Cuts Or Hikes? - Source Patch

Posted on May 18,2017
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

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By Skip Wood

A couple of years ago, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) and soon-to-retire Jim Moran (D), a U.S. congressman representing Virginia's 8th district, joined a couple of others for a round-table political discussion at a Northern Virginia television station. Before the taping began, amid idle chit-chat, Moran joked with Gilmore by more or less saying, "Your philosophy is fairly simple, Jim: Cut taxes and cut spending on social programs."

Gilmore, who became governor in 1998 partly because of his "no car tax" mantra simply grinned. All of which brings us to the June 13 Virginia gubernatorial primary. The Republican candidates, frontrunner Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner basically share Gilmore's philosophy, while the two Democratic candidates, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello, basically take the opposite track, although Perriello appears to be a bit more fiscally conservative than Northam.

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