Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Kaine Ably Abandons Growth Controls

Delegate Bob Marshall dropped me an e-mail yesterday, and asked that I expose Governor Tim's latest perfidy. Always willing to help Brother Bob:

The governor appears to have suspended his support for growth controls.

If the Post does not run a story Wednesday about the letter below it is because the Governor's people were successful late today in quashing a story that Michael Shear worked on all day and over the weekend.

Shear told me that the Gov. caved to developers to suspend an effort of mine to amend one of my bills with the Governos's growth control bill, which I introduced in exchange for their nonopposition to one of his tax proposals and their nonopposition to a transfer of development rights bill which environmental groups can take or leave, it is that unimportant to them.

I had gone to the Governor and told him I was willing to lose one of my bills becasue an amendment could be germanely added to bring the growth control issue of a record vote in the House.

His aide on this came to me a few days later and said the Governor wants to go ahead full bore which we did for about eight or nine days until yesterday. We had the votes in the Senate Local Government Committee last Friday.

See the letter below.

Bob Marshall


Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mr. Chris Miller
President, Piedmont Environmental Council
45 Horner Street
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Re: Reversal of Governor’s Growth Control Efforts

Dear Chris,

Last Friday senior Kaine Administration officials were in my office working on an effort to add the growth control provisions of the Governor’s HB 1610 to my HB 1192 which is now in the Senate Local Government Committee. I was told we had the votes to pass this amendment which would be offered by Sen. Cuccinelli of Fairfax.

HB 1610, which I introduced on behalf of Governor Kaine, allows a locality to deny or modify a request for rezoning when the existing and future transportation network, which will serve the proposed development, is inadequate to handle the anticipated transportation impact of the proposed development if the developer will not make up any transportation deficiency.

After working on this team effort for about week to ten days, the Governor’s aides informed me late yesterday that the Governor now will not take a formal position on the effort to add the provisions of his HB 1610 to my HB 1192. This is most puzzling.

I was told the reason for this was that the amendment might lose in the House of Delegates when the bill would be returned for our consideration of the amendment. However, securing a recorded vote in the House of Delegates on this issue is a major victory in itself, and this amendment process was the one sure way to secure such a vote.

I just wanted to update you on my efforts.

Sincerely,


Delegate Bob Marshall


Wow! A Democrat Governor who promptly abandons a promise? Who woulda thunk it?

10 comments:

Willis said...
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James Young said...

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Virginia Centrist said...

To quote the Junkies:

Wills, I think there may be something wrong with your brain.

James Young said...

Thanks, VC. I guess those of us too cheap to play for a site can't ban people like Willis.

Willis said...
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CR UVa said...

Actually, you can ban people with your blogger blog, though it does require some third-party work and only bans IP addresses.

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CR UVa said...

Okay, that is weird. My comment appears to be a bit screwed up. The first link goes to HaloScan, which is the service I was describing. The second link is Democratic Underground, a suggestion for Willis.

James Young said...

And willis: act like a child, and get treated like one. DELETED!

Willis said...
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