IOW supervisor wants feds to respect states, localities

Published 12:48 pm Friday, July 3, 2009

ISLE OF WIGHT—Stan Clark wants the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors to take a stand for local government rights.

“One of the most violated amendments is the 10th Amendment,” said Clark at the supervisors’ meeting Thursday, asserting that the federal government has been trampling all over state and local governments.

Clark said there has been ample legislation demonstrating 10th Amendment violation, including the recently introduced U.S. House Resolution 1521, the Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2009, which would “restrict any state or local jurisdiction from imposing a new discriminatory tax on cell phone services, providers, or property.”

“Of course there’s nothing fair about it,” Clark said.

The National Association of Counties has supported President Barack Obama’s efforts in opposing legislation that pre-empt state laws. Clark suggested that the supervisors find out where the Virginia Association of Counties, of which Isle of Wight is a member, stands on the issues and urge VACO to take a strong stance.

The board took no action Thursday on the matter and agreed to discuss it further at its August meeting.