September 23rd, 2009
11:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Deeds says he will raise taxes if necessary

Creigh Deeds re-iterated on Wednesday that he will raise taxes to fix the state's transportation problems if necessary.
Creigh Deeds re-iterated on Wednesday that he will raise taxes to fix the state's transportation problems if necessary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Calling his plan "honest, straightforward - and the only one that can succeed," Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds re-iterated on Wednesday that he will raise taxes to fix the state's transportation problems if necessary.

One week after a debate appearance in which he made confusing statements about whether he would support a tax hike to fund the state's transportation budget - remarks that were pounced upon by his Republican opponent Bob McDonnell - Deeds took to the opinion page of the Washington Post to make his position clear.

"As a legislator, I have voted for a number of mechanisms to fund transportation, including a gas tax," Deeds wrote. "And I'll sign a bipartisan bill with a dedicated funding mechanism for transportation - even if it includes new taxes."

The issue of transportation - particularly the problem of finding ways to fix the jammed roadways of northern Virginia - has bogged down the Virginia General Assembly for years. The topic has become a flashpoint in this year's gubernatorial race, with McDonnell accusing Deeds of not having a concrete plan to pay for his plans to create high-speed rail and reduce traffic congestion.


Deeds has said for months that if elected, he wants to establish a bipartisan commission to develop "a comprehensive transportation package." He has promised not to raid the education budget to pay for transportation reforms.

McDonnell opposes raising taxes, and has said he will use a variety of methods to pay for transporation, including selling off Virginia's state-run liquor stores and collecting money from potential offshore drilling revenues.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. JEAN - ATL

    That is the way that honest people should answer when the question of taxes is asked during this time of the "big old mess" that the greedy repubs have created for us. How do any of you people who don't believe in taxes, expect to get the services that are necessary if no one pays their fair share? It is only commonsense that it is better to have a lot of people contributing so that when disasters, or repairs, or social services, etc. are needed, there is a way to pay for them. The tax system has worked okay for us as a whole for a long time . Also to O'Donnell, who do you think will buy the liquor stores or where is the off-shore drilling that your party continues to speak of, but for the most part does nothing about?.

    September 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Kelby In Houston, Texas

    There are a few types of people in the world I would like to point out.
    Those who have attended an economics class, learned about John M Keynes and understand how tax and spend works, how it provides services and maintains a strong and healthy economy.
    Those who attended an econ class but didn't listen.
    Those who attended an econ class but simply did not understand
    Those who did not attend an econ class
    and Republicans.
    The amount of money we pay in taxes is negligible. The money we pay in taxes goes a long way. Only the greedy and the stingy hate taxes.

    September 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. S M R

    DEMS are Honest and hardworking for the AVERAGE AMERICAN, While the GOP are DISHONEST and they work hard for BIG BUSINESS and THE RICH.

    September 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. rob

    States need to fundementaly change the way they budget and spend the taxes they take in. There is always a need for more and more and more spending but they need to have discipline. Enough is enough.

    I live in New Jersey, we have the highest property taxes in the country, one of the highest income tax rates and we are bankrupt.

    We need a change. Chris Cristie for Gov. in New Jersey

    September 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Rick CT

    At least he said he would raise taxes if needed. Obama continues to insist that there are enough evil rich people out there to tax and cover his nearly $2 trillion annoual deficit. Those making under $250K are in for a surprise. Deeds would tell you that – Obama continues to lie.

    September 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. John Black Hills/SD

    Nothings free, if you want your states infrastructure to desolve, then forget about new taxes. Most people in third world nations survive without DOT services, we can follow India's model. Great idearrr!!

    September 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Honesty and integrity in politics? Deeds is definatley not a republican. He sounds like a radical "truth-er". What will the t-baggers and birth-ers do? They'll make up lies of course. Deeds is a moderate who stands for all the people of Virginia.
    McDonnell has always tried to blend his religious and social opinions into his politics. He would rather cut emergency services, teachers, etc., anything so he can not only maintain the tax rate, but cut the tax rate. And he doesn't care what the consequences would be to Virginians.
    He is one of those guys who believes destroying our state government would be a good thing. And of course he believes women should be barefoot and pregenant.

    September 23, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. KateB

    Whatever...McDonnell will be trounced in the election. McDonnel is a bible-ridden mysogynist and a liar to boot. At least Deeds in honest about the state of VAs infrastructure, and also wouldn't act as a morality Nazi.

    September 23, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Jessie

    The United States has the lowest tax rate of any industrialized country on earth, yet we rank dead last in every category that matters (happiest, live the longest, literacy, transportation, energy). All of you on here condemning the man for telling the truth should have your head examined.

    The government is here to manage funds so we don't get left out. Remember trickle down? All of you espousing Reagan have apparently forgotten that inflation went through the roof and now, some 30 years later, the rich have gotten richer, they are the ones paying fewer taxes, and the GOP continues to use wedge ascinine issues like abortion, socialism, gay marriage, the "race card', and ACORN to get entire groups of the neediest people to vote against their own interests.

    September 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Here is a novel idea! How about finding wasteful spending and eliminate it and than pay for the transportation issues with the money you saved!! I know this is a hard concept for either party to grasp but Americans that actually pay their taxes are paying too much already. Enough is enough America!!

    September 23, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. worriedmom

    You Democrats just amaze me, you still defend this man because he is honest!!!! give me a break. He said he was going to raise taxes, that doesnt mean he will put it to good use. Hey why not this, get rid of the Illegals living in Va and we wont have a road/transportation problem!!! We were wondering yesterday what happened to the slush fund that Va had to keep us in the good. Guess ole Timmy boy misused that one!!
    Deeds you have sealed the deal!! You denied being just like Obama but you are! now that isn't telling the truth is it!

    Go McDonnell!!

    September 23, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Is there any doubt that a person supported by our president would support tax increases of any type? Taxes are the mothers milk of liberal politics, rob the working people to give to the dope smoking, non working Oprah watchers is what liberalism is all about and Obama has proved it more than ever over the last nine months.

    September 23, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Legna

    Please, Mr. Obama come to Virginia and save Deeds if u can. He just lost this election.

    September 23, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Obama is a Democrate and He Lies so why should we believe that Deeds wont LIE. Dont believe the Democrtaes, they are proven LIERS.

    September 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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