McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin called Cuccinelli’s plan “light on specifics but . . . heavy on ideology,” and he referenced the attorney general’s controversial effort to get the records of a former University of Virginia climate scientist.
“Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme record on energy and science has hurt Virginia,” Schwerin said. “When he didn’t like the conclusions of a scientist’s research, he abused his office to launch a witch hunt against UVA that cost $600,000 and embarrassed Virginia.”
On taxes, Cuccinelli has called for cutting both the individual and corporate rates, while also ending unspecified tax loopholes and business incentive programs.
The Richmond-based Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis examined one piece of that proposal — Cuccinelli’s plan to reduce Virginia’s top individual tax rate from 5.75 percent to 5 percent — and found that the state’s wealthiest citizens would benefit the most.
“Nearly 4 in 10 Virginians (39 percent), mostly low- and moderate-income households, would see no reduction in their income tax bill,” the institute said. “No Virginian earning less than $21,000 would receive a tax cut under the proposal and only half of all families earning between $21,000 and $39,000 would see their taxes reduced.”