Anti-tax group praises Va. House speaker

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, an anti tax group, Americans for Tax Reform, is standing by Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell for his opposition to Medicaid expansion. Americans for Tax Reform is a nonprofit organization that does not have to reveal its donors.

“We applaud your leadership and commitment to stop Medicaid expansion and look forward to working with you and the legislature going forward,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a letter sent last Wednesday.

Last year Americans for Tax Reform advocated for new leadership in the Virginia House of Delegates. The group criticized Speaker Howell for supporting then-Governor Bob McDonnell’s transportation spending plan, which greatly increased Virginia’s sales tax rate.

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