Opposition Grows to Transportation Compromise

RICHMOND, Va. — Critics of the transportation funding compromise reached by legislative negotiators say the plan would place a huge burden on Virginia taxpayers.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was among the growing number of conservatives who spoke out against the compromise, which is being considered this afternoon by the House and Senate

“If reports are correct, this new bill contemplates a massive tax increase,” Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement.

“In these tough economic times, I do not believe Virginia’s middle-class families can afford massive tax increases, and I cannot support legislation that would ask the taxpayers to shoulder an even heavier burden than they are already carrying, especially when the government proposes to do so little belt tightening in other areas of the budget.”

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Senate Passes Amended Transportation Plan

RICHMOND – In a bipartisan show of support, the Senate passed on Wednesday HB2313, a transportation funding bill that will raise the gas tax in Virginia.

The plan differs in many ways from the bill that was passed by the House of Delegate’s last week. The Senate’s plan would increase the gas tax in Virginia, something Governor Bob McDonnell had proposed to get rid of altogether. The Senate’s version also would not use near as much general funding as McDonnell originally proposed.

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Senate Panel Amends Transportation Bill

RICHMOND – The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding bill, opting to raise the gasoline tax instead of replacing the gas tax with a higher sales tax.

The committee voted 9-6 for a substitute to House Bill 2313, which the governor hopes will fund billions of dollars in road and transit projects.

“Today’s vote continues the legislative process,” McDonnell said afterward. “Now, we must work together to finish it with approval of a common-sense, fiscally responsible transportation plan that both works for Virginia’s citizens and can pass the General Assembly.”

The Senate Finance Committee’s version of the transportation bill differs in many ways from McDonnell’s proposal, which passed the House on a 53-46 vote last week.

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Governor’s Transportation Plan Hits Roadblock

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell expressed his disgust after his transportation funding package was derailed by Senate Democrats late Tuesday.

Although the House version of the governor’s transportation plan had passed earlier in the day, the Senate Democrats had a different idea. All 20 Democratic senators vowed to vote against the bill, blocking it for this legislative session.

“Rather than engaging in a debate on how to move forward with tackling our transportation problems, it is apparent that the Senate Democrats are once again content to risk our continued economic prosperity and our citizens’ quality of life,” McDonnell said afterward.

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