Quite frankly, there's nothing funnier/scarier than Republicans looking to raise money but without "raising taxes". Of course, the problem most anti-tax Republicans discover when trying to "starve the beast", or shrinking the government to be small enough to drown in a bathtub, is that people like to feast from the beast. Government is far more popular than the people we elect to run it.
So we have the tax-masquerading-as-a-fee, which Virginia has decided to take to its absurd logical conclusion. Usurious traffic penalties on bad driving. Three, and four digit penalties for offenses like failing to signal, or speeding. Sure, I'd love to drive on roads without feeling like I'm taking life into my own hands, but this is insane.
Of course, it shouldn't be a a surprise that the man who created this law (which takes effect Sunday) and is most proud of it, David Albo, runs a law firm whose specialty is fighting tickets.
Since Albo is so proud of his work, I think we should all honor him. We should name these new fine "Albo Fees". Someone will go to court to challenge the constitutionality of this ("Equal protection under the law"). When you do, make sure to give credit where it is do. Let Dave know how you feel about those Albo fees.
Also: WUSA 9 News report on the Petition to Repeal the Civil Remedial Fees for Traffic Offenses