With 10 days left in the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session, Fairfax Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Dave Albo join working group to hammer out transportation deal.
Friday, February 15
By Whitney Spicer, Capital News Service A conference committee of 10 legislators in the State Capitol has less than a week-and-a-half to hammer out a compromise between House and Senate versions of a bill that would increase transportation funding for the Commonwealth. The committee was named Wednesday after the Senate passed a version of House Bill 2313, a bill that differs greatly from a proposal approved by delegates last week. The group will have eight Republicans and two Democrats — including Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax). Republican Del. Dave Albo (Lorton, Springfield) was also appointed to the group. Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell said he would sign a bill into law that is “a fiscally responsible plan.” “We must act…
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Virginia residents could see a higher sales tax — and the state could become the first in the country to shed its gas tax — if a transportation plan unveiled by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell passes the state's General Assembly during its 2013 session. The five-year, $3.1 billion transportation overhaul is the governor's attempt to address some of the state's major road and infrastructure needs in coming years; $14 billion in projects are already underway across Virginia. McDonnell said the 17.5 cent tax on gasoline — which accounts for more than 30 percent of Virginia's transportation revenues — was "dated," blaming inflation and better mileage on the dollar for making it a stagnant funding source. Raising sales tax from 5 to 5.8 percent, …