I was surprised to see Congressman Boucher is heading up the gang behind a new federal statute that would preempt state excise taxes on car rentals.
The article says: "Introduced yesterday by U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) and Chris Cannon (R-Utah), H.R. 2453 would prohibit future state or local discriminatory excise taxes on car rental consumers."
How many cars are rented in the Ninth District? None?
This sounds like the car rental business has learned a lobbying lesson on how to make an end run around local legislation they don't like - go to the statehouse, and if that doesn't work, go to Washington, D.C.