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Ticket to Ride

Pulled over for driving 78 mph on a 55 mph road? In Virginia, it will soon cost more than $1,000. This isn’t because Virginians are especially reckless drivers who require draconian disincentives in the name of public safety–it’s a Richmond money grab. The state legislature wants to increase revenue but doesn’t want to be accused of raising taxes. It’s being called a “civil remedial fee.” And thus our state troopers will become glorified tax collectors. Brilliant.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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