Jones opposes car tax rollback

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Suffolk News-Herald

He’s done it again.

Defying his party, Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, was one of five Republicans in the House who on Monday opposed the proposal to resume the incremental car tax rollback that began in 1998.

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The rollback was 70 percent complete when it was frozen in 2002 and capped last year.

The Republican-sponsored bill that would finish the car tax phaseout by 2012 won the House’s support by an overwhelming 73-21 vote. Voting yes were 53 Republicans, 19 Democrats and one Independent.

&uot;I was just being consistent with my vote last year,&uot; Jones said.

Jones made national headlines last year when he ended a long-running General Assembly stalemate by proposing a budget that didn’t have the support of most Republican lawmakers.

The measure still has to go before the Senate and Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, who has said the rollback is not fiscally prudent at this time.