In Virginia’s 64th House district, fiscal conservative Emily Brewer is squaring off against serial tax-hiker Rex Alphin.
Alphin has a record, and it’s at odds with taxpayers. He has supported a costly expansion of Obamacare’s Medicaid program for able-bodied adults, saying it was a “mistake” for Virginia to oppose Governor Terry McAuliffe’s plan to expand the Medicaid rolls under Obamacare.
If Alphin had his way, Virginia taxpayers would have been on the hook for spending billions more on Obamacare to fulfill Terry McAuliffe’s most costly campaign promise. If expanded, the additional Medicaid costs would have likely led to massive tax hikes in Virginia, further hurting jobs and economic growth.
Alphin is no stranger to fiscally irresponsible leadership. As chairman of Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors, Alphin repeatedly voted for higher taxes.
Under his leadership, real estate taxes have gone up over 30% in three years. If that weren’t bad enough, Alphin voted to raise the machinery & tools tax by over 500%, a punishing blow to business and jobs in a district where many residents are concerned with jobs leaving for nearby North Carolina.
In fact, his record on fiscal issues is so reckless that 15 leaders of his own party took the nearly unprecedented step of writing an open letter disavowing his candidacy, opining that, “Mr. Alphin has never seen a tax hike he did not like! With his constant tax-hike voting record, he is voting more like a Democrat than a Republican.”
Fortunately, taxpayers have a better choice in the race. Emily Brewer is a fiscal conservative who has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise to Virginia taxpayers to oppose tax hikes. Unlike Rex Alphin, Brewer opposed Obamacare expansion and has taken a strong stand against tax hikes and big government.