Politifact Virginia: Allen on Kaine's tax hikes

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Election Day 2012, is still about 18 months away. But, two former governors, George Allen and Tim Kaine are pushing hard to fill Senator Jim Webb's seat.

This week, we take a closer look at a statement made by George Allen.

He sent out this email stating Tim Kaine proposed "over $6 billion in tax increases from the time he entered the Governor's Mansion, until the time he left."

The reporters at Politifact Virginia had questions about that one. They rated it half-true.

By their calculations, Governor Kaine proposed about $4 billion in tax hikes.

Much of that was in fees and fines in an attempt to solve Virginia's on-going transportation problems and shore up the state budget.

A number of senate Republicans are guilty of proposing the same thing. And most of it never passed.

So, is it fair, to imply Kaine was a tax and spender?

"It's fair to say he proposed the tax increases. Also worth noting and something we're looking into for next week is he proposed a series of budget cuts late in his term when the state was dealing with the beginnings of the recession, and saw funding drop. So, yes, there were proposals to increase taxes, but also lots of budget cuts later in his term," said Jacob Geiger of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

And you can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.

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