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Full Disclosure for Del. Peace ? By Bob Shannon

Once again we have a legislator espousing the benefits of a tax exemption scam without a single mention of the ancillary issues surrounding just why he takes this position. If Del. Peace wants to chime in on Land Use Tax Exemptions he might consider all of the issues, not just the ones his donors pay him to promote . I noted after reading his article twice Peace used the term “land use taxation” 6 separate times….never once using the word exemption ?
Peace credits the tax scam for promoting jobs, and labels it a “ conservation measure for all seasons”. It is what he leaves out that tells the story of his self serving nature in promoting the continuation of this tax scheme.
Peace never mentions the cost to homeowners and other small businesses, choosing instead to cite the slanted economic benefits that we now have had to listen to over and over. To Peace’s credit, he stopped short of advancing the biggest fraud that it slows economic development. Initially that puzzled me because it is often at the top of the list of advocates arguments….until it occurred to me that then Peace would have had to answer questions about the rapid development in Hanover County. If it slowed development that so many of its supporters claim……what happened in Hanover ? Development took place in Hanover at the pace that it did for 2 simple reasons, its proximity to Richmond, access to major infrastructure and it’s developed value now exceeded its agricultural/forestry value. Just look at how fast the “ open space” theory went out the window when owners realized it was worth more developed .
I support Americans using their private property in a manner that best suits them, whether it be farming, forestry or developing their property. What I don’t support is using the tax code as an excuse or tool to give tax breaks to political patrons, then disguising it as some sort of noble purpose. Peace never even gets relatively close in any analysis of the comprehensive tax breaks afforded these select groups, never mentions the huge federal subsidies or the laundry list of additional tax exemptions that go to households with annual incomes from $250,000——-$1,000,000 a year. But heh, for any doubters take a close look at Peace’s campaign donor list, maybe he ought to include that as a disclaimer when he writes editorials, self serving as they are.
As for the economic cost/benefit analysis that Peace states as being so beneficial, answer this Mr. Peace………why is it route 30 needs repaved about every 45 minutes ? Lower taxes for everyone, and a 2011-12 G.A study shown that if the entire Virginia tax code was thrown into the ocean Virginia could cut in half both the State income tax and the State sales tax, benefitting all Virginians, not just the folks who keep writing you checks every two years.
Bob Shannon Founder King William & Mechanicsville TEA Party

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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