Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Good eggs - good Deeds

Lost in the General Assembly gridlock over transportation are two bills by Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) that passed the Senate and deserve to pass the House of Delegates. SB 6012 offers tax credits for businesses that provide flex schedules for employees. SB 6013 provides similar credits for businesses that encourage telecommuting. 
Deeds has announced his candidacy for governor and ideas like these illustrate creative approaches that help solve problems. But, will House Republicans want a Democratic gubernatorial candidate taking credit for this legislation? Or in their political calculus will they supports the Deeds' bills figuring Delegate Brian Moran (D-Fairfax) would be the more formidable statewide candidate?
At any rate, the tax credit approach will probably appeal to the anti-taxers in the House of Delegates. Maybe, just maybe, they'll leave partisan politics out of the equation and pass these bills on their merit.

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