GOP Drafts Broad Plan For Va. Transportation
Lawmakers Seek Huge Infusion of Cash
By Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writer
RICHMOND, Jan. 18 -- Senate and House Republicans proposed a multibillion-dollar transportation plan Thursday that would raise taxes and fees in Northern Virginia, impose stiff fines on bad drivers and launch a round of borrowing to build the state's most-needed road projects.
After weeks of negotiations, long-feuding GOP leaders, who control both chambers of the General Assembly, said they will also push for localities' authority to control sprawl and for changes aimed at making the state's transportation department more efficient. (link)
Except for a proposed increase in diesel fuel taxes and in certain fees (which must be sops intended to mollify the Democrats and Republican-In-Name-Only, Senator Chichester), the plan is good for Southwest Virginia. Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are going to shoulder the burden of fixing problems that are exclusive to Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and we won't see an increase in our tax burden here - once we eliminate those harmful increases on fuel.
All things considered, this is a great solution to a very real problem.
For that reason, expect the Democrats and the mainstream media who are hell bent on increasing our taxes to howl in opposition.