Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Fairfax Chamber of Commerce won't support a possible 4 percent tax on meals and beverages in Fairfax County. But some leaders say it's a good way to bring in extra revenue.
A potential meals tax in Fairfax County is already leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some members of the business community. During a meeting of the county’s top economic officials Tuesday, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) said it was opposed to the tax. Christian Deschauer, the FCCC’s vice president of government relations, said the chamber would not support a referendum — a position shared by many restaurant owners, he said. “We’ve never supported state legislation or board action that specifically targets a single industry,” Deschauer said. “I’ve talked to a bunch of restaurants in the past week … and the message has not changed from them – they remain adamantly opposed. That’s just the initial feedback.” Last week …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
House committee added amendments Wednesday to the package, which would eliminate Virginia's gas tax and hike sales taxes to raise $3 billion over five years.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s controversial transportation bill passed the House of Delegates Finance Committee on Wednesday, moving past its first hurdle in the state's 2013 General Assembly session. In a 14-8 vote, the committee passed McDonnell’s package, which calls for eliminating the state’s 17.5 cents per gallon gas tax and raising the state sales tax from 5 percent to 5.8 percent. The plan would also keep the 17.5 tax on diesel fuel and increase vehicle registration fees. It would also raise the amount of the state’s sales tax that goes to transportation from 5 to 75 cents over a five-year period. McDonnell said the bill would raise approximately $3 billion in that time, including $1.8 billion for new construction. The committee — …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen traded jabs today at the Capital One complex in McLean. Kaine, a Democrat and former governor and chair of the Democratic National Committee, wants the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for individuals making more than $500,000 annually and cutting subsidies to the five largest oil companies. "Each of those elements represents a compromise," Kaine later told reporters, reiterating the theme of bipartisanship that peppered nearly all of his debate comments. Allen, the Republican candidate and also a former governor, criticized Kaine and his campaign for not doing an independent analysis of the proposal to see what its impact on jobs would be — the implication being that the Kaine plan …
The two U.S. Senate candidates talked about sequestration and the economy in McLean Thursday.
MCLEAN — The potential $500 billion in defense cuts looming in Washington took center stage Thursday at the Capital One Conference Center during the first of three debates between U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen. The cuts — $1 trillion in total under the banner of "sequestration" — could cost the Old Dominion thousands of jobs, particularly in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Once meant as a stopgap measure, the continuing partisan divide in Washington has transformed them into a real threat. Kaine, a Democrat and former governor, presented his plan to solve the problem, which largely revolves around ending Bush-era tax cuts to individuals making more than $500,000 annually and cutting subsidies to the five largest …
Co-sponsor NBC4 to broadcast Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce event.
Former Govs. Tim Kaine and George Allen are competing for the favor of a relatively small percentage of Virginia voters in a U.S. Senate race that has captured the interests of the country. Kaine, a Democrat, and Allen, a Republican and former senator, will face off in a debate at noon Thursday at the Capitol One Conference Center in McLean sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and NBC4. NBC will broadcast the debate live and stream it on its website. The pressure is on because of Virginia's status as a bona fide swing state. The Old Dominion could very well determine not only the presidency, but which party controls the Senate. The two candidates have been crisscrossing the state at a breakneck pace only to be locked in what…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Panel, citizens agree a higher salary is needed to attract the right candidate for an impossible job
"We’re not going to get somebody in here on Tony’s salary," said a constituent at Supervisor John Cook's Town Hall on Monday night. Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin is scheduled to retire in April, and the Board of Supervisors has begun the process to replace him. According to Cook, Griffin currently earns about $240,000 a year. School superintendent Jack Dale earns about $320,000 a year, and many in the room said that discrepancy would need to be adjusted if the county wanted to attract top candidates for county executive. Supervisor Cook agreed. "The Board of Supervisors hasn't yet set any parameters, but when you're as big as Fairfax County, you find who you want and you get them," he said. "We’re going to pay what we need to pay…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Good Morning McLean, Liquor Sales to Minors Con'd. Answers to neighbors' questions about recent charges. Election Endorsements. Leading Fairfax County business PAC endorses McLean, county candidates. Candidate Profile: Janet Howell. A look at the candidate and the issues. Reminder: Emergency Food appeal from Share.
PAC of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
The political action committee of Fairfax County's leading business association Monday endorsed two McLean incumbents and one newcomer in the upcoming General Assembly and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors elections. NOVABizPAC, the political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, made its endorsements "based on the Chamber's published legislative agenda." In other words, whether candidates were considered friendly to the business community, and/or would probably win. The McLean endorsement winners: Incumbent Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, Democratic. Incumbent Del. Barbara Comstock, Republican. Businesswoman Caren Merrick, who is running for the open 31st State Senate District seat. Incumbent Sen. Janet Howell, Democrat, …