Relax, manhattan. Factual question ahead.
I live in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lately I’ve been bombarded with flyers telling me why I should vote for one guy or another for State Senate, the election for which is next Tuesday. I was reading through a few of them and found something interesting that I thought the Teeming Millions[sup]TM[/sup] might be able to help me with.
Ken Cuccunelli, the Republican candidate, claims in one of his flyers that “Fairfax County taxpayers get back just 46 cents on every dollar we send to Richmond.” All fine and dandy.
His opponent, Jim Mitchell, sees things a bit differently. According to one of his flyers, “he’ll fight to make sure that Fairfax County receives more than the current 20 cents bak on every tax dollar we send to Richmond.”
My first inclination is that one (or both) of these guys is a sleazebag liar. My second thought is that neither of them is lying per se, but are arriving at different numbers because they use different formulae on the same information.
Can anyone shed some light on this for me?