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Governor's transportation bill moves forward

by AP posted Jan 23 2013 4:43PM

 

 

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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