Thursday, July 31, 2003

Western Virginia legislators talk tax reform

From the Lynchburg paper, this collection of comments from some Western Virginia legislators, including Delegates Preston Bryant, Kathy Byron, and Ben Cline, and Senators Charles Hawkins and Steve Newman, is well worth-reading (or so I thought).

I have posted many articles about Virginia tax reform on this blog, without really saying why it is of interest to me. It is an interesting topic in itself, as it involves so many aspects of law and society, but it is particularly interesting as a measure of the mix between politics and the public good. No one disagrees that tax reform is necessary, yet there will be winners and losers as the result of any changes. How can the legislators, even with the best of intentions, resolve these conflicts (and what are the best intentions)?

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