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Va. Governor's Transportation Bill Moves Forward

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding bill has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly, but it still has a long way to go.
    
The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday advanced the five-year, $3.1 billion funding package to the Finance Committee.
    
The bill would eliminate the state's 17.5-cent per gallon gas tax and replace it with a sale tax increase of less than a penny on the dollar.
    
The package also includes other funding mechanisms, such as a new $100 fee on alternative fuel vehicles.
    
Democratic Sen. Dave Marsden of Fairfax County questioned whether Virginians would really see a 17.5-cent decrease in prices at the pump after the gas tax is eliminated.
    
Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton said the administration believes competition will drive the price down.

 

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