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Virginia Gubernatorial debate centers around taxes

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August 26, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia: The Virginia gubernatorial election is less than 4 months away and with difficult financial times front-runners Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds and Republican former Attorney General Bob McDonnell are facing questions on taxes. This month McDonnell voiced his support for reducing government control from the business sector. McDonnell said,"As Republicans, we believe you create jobs by keeping taxes and regulation low, and litigation at a minimum. Americans succeed when government puts in place positive policies that encourage more freedom, and more opportunity."[1] On the other hand, Deeds said that he would support legislation boosting "revenues" for transportation, but never explicitly stated that he would support increasing/decreasing "taxes."[2] Some Virginia officials, however, said that in order to continue maintenance of streets and other state infrastructures, taxes will have to be raised.[3]

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