Plan Would Restore Transportation Authority
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today called for a special session of the General Assembly on June 23 to consider his plan to restore the revenue taken away by a court decision earlier this year.
It also would restore the spending power of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. The authority's sources of revenue -- money that was going to be spent on road and transit projects across the region -- vanished with the court decision.
Kaine says his fix would raise over $1 billion annually throughout Virginia by fiscal year 2012 without increasing the gas tax.
You can read the details of Kaine's plan in this statement from the governor's office.
Kaine's plan not only raises money statewide but also includes taxes specific to the most congested areas, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
The most prominent feature for Northern Virginians is a one percent increase in the sales tax, except for purchases of food or drugs. That money would go to the transportation authority, which had picked out a list of much-needed projects to invest in.
Unfortunately, the authority has spent much of this year explaining how people can get their tax money back after the court struck down the original sources of revenue that would have financed the projects. The authority still exists, but has little impact without money to spend.
Now it will be up to the General Assembly to get this important program back on track.
Kaine will be hosting a town hall meeting in Woodbridge on Tuesday night to discuss his plan. This session is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive.
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