Interestingly, those who feel it should come out of the life savings of the citizenry are oddly particular about the sourcing. They don't just want those who will be most affected by the improvements to pay for them (which also happens to include those most able to pay), they want everyone to pay through the nose. Everyone or no one:
Committee spikes regional planSo the impoverished people of Appalachia must pay too for that highway expansion up in wildly affluent Fairfax or there'll be no plan.
By Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Early Thursday morning the Senate Finance Committee voted to table further consideration of a bill to fund transportation needs in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads by dedicating a portion of anticipated future revenue growth from the ports of Virginia and Washington-area airports.
The 10-3 defeat of the measure effectively ended any chance the special session could produce a roads fix. The plan, sponsored by Del. Phillip A. Hamilton, R-Newport News, was roundly criticized by Democrats, who said it lacked a component to address the mounting deficit in the state's highway maintenance budget.
"All this does is leave the rest of Virginia behind," said Sen. R. Edward Houck, D-Spotsylvania. "We need a statewide plan -- a statewide plan first," Houck said. (link)
Is this his idea of a plan, or of some kind of punitive measure?