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VA Republicans Kill Income Tax Hike

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By Meymo Lyons

Republicans in the House of Delegates forced a unanimous vote that has killed former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's proposed income tax increase.

Democrats, who had no appetite for the $2 billion tax boost themselves, were denied the commonly extended courtesy to allow the bill's sponsor to withdraw it.

The Republican majority was determined to force a recorded vote on the measure. That left Democrats the choice of either supporting higher taxes or spurning Kaine, the Democratic National Committee chairman.

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