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Kaine Talking Transportation Tonight

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will return to Northern Virginia on Wednesday night for another town hall session on transportation.

In the Woodbridge town hall last month, the governor found an audience eager for congestion relief, and eager not to pay for it.

Many people pleaded for more roads and better transit, many insisted that neither a sales tax nor a gas tax increase -- in fact, no tax increase that they might wind up paying -- should be employed to achieve the goal.

Kaine wants to do a 1 percent increase in Northern Virginia's sales tax, along with some other tax measures, to replace the money that would have been raised through the taxes the General Assembly authorized last year, but the Virginia Supreme Court struck down earlier this year.

He said he didn't propose a gas tax increase because he's convinced many people see gas as one of life's necessities, so they'd be no more likely to accept an increased tax on motor fuel than on food or medicine. Kaine his presenting his plan and listening to comments in advance of the General Assembly's special session on transportation financing, which starts June 23.

Tonight's town hall will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Harper Parker Middle School auditorium, 701 Potomac Station Drive Northeast in Leesburg.

June 19: Kaine will hold another town hall meeting in Fredericksburg, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center Ballroom, 1119 Hanover St.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 11, 2008; 6:14 AM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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