Speaker Supports Gov's Transportation Initiative

Speaker William Howell calls Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding package a "comprehensive long-term solution."

Speaker of the House Bill Howell (R-28) announced his support of Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding plan.

McDonnell has proposed increasing Virginia’s sales tax and abolishing its nearly 27-year-old gas tax as part of his $3.1 billion plan to fund improvements to Virginia’s transportation system over the next five years.

McDonnell's proposal is detailed in Tuesday's Patch article, .

"This is a bold and comprehensive long-term solution to Virginia's transportation funding needs," Speaker Howell said in a statement.

"This is not a patchwork solution. This plan allows us to make the critical investments in our infrastructure that will keep Virginia competitive in a global 21st century economy," he said.

"Without a solid infrastructure, customers can not get to businesses, employees can not get to work and businesses can not transport their goods. Simply, this is about jobs."

"Virginia's Road to the Future Plan" factsheet is available here.

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Stan Huie January 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM
It would seem more equitable to set a bugitary amount needed for the transportation package and then adjust the gas tax to fill that need that to have some 11 year old kid buying a model to pay for road repairs.
Marty January 10, 2013 at 03:00 PM
The problem with a gas tax is that people who use public transportation make little if any tax contributions to road improvements. Look at the new Silver line, a huge chunk of that project is being funded by tolls on the Dulles connector road by people who will never be able to use the Silver line because they live in Leesburg and beyond. Also, consider the fact that people are driving less and driving more fuel efficient cars. Less gallons consumed = less gas tax collected. The only other alternative is a vehicle assessment tax levied on each vehicle regester3ed in VA. You will be charged a tax based on the size and weight of the vehicle or miles driven per year. This would unfairly impact truckers and distance commuters. The increase in sales tax should specify that the increase is specifically limited to road repairs and projects and not part of a general slush fund.
Lindsay January 10, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Ya hit the nail on the head, Stan. By increasing sales tax and doing away with the gas tax, the way we pay for our roads becomes totally divorced from how much we use them. And that is not a long term solution!
Lindsay January 10, 2013 at 03:48 PM
The whole idea of a tax (let's call it what it is) for alternative fuel vehicles was to make up for their reduced gas tax contributions--if you're taking the gas tax away altogether (a horrible idea to begin with) this just becomes an arbitrary punishment for people who choose to drive high mpg vehicles. And as Stan and I said, the problem with this plan is the way we pay for our roads becomes totally divorced from how much we use them.
Stan Huie January 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Isn't getting folks to be more fuel efficient and use more public transportation a stated goal? Switching road costs to sales taxes will be regressive with respect to conserving fuel and lowering transportation costs. We can also have a multiple streams of revenue which would share costs appropriately with fuel costs bearing the lion's share of road building and maintenance costs.


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