Busch Gardens Orlando

Sales tax increase still doesn't sit right

The Virginia Constitution says, “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.”

P.T. Barnum reportedly famously said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

What woke Tommy Norment up in the middle of the night with the revelation that he needed to aid the tourism industry? If you look at his 2018 legislative history, he does a lot of commending and celebrating, but he writes little new legislation.

If the intent of SB 942 was to fund advertising for the tourism industry, then why did half of the increase go to local governments? Was the intent all along to...