Hardball over HOT lanes in Arlington
D.C. isn't the only place in the area where a Republican legislative majority in a large, mostly exurban and rural geographic area is threatening serious budget blows against a small, Democratic-leaning, urban jurisdiction.
In the Virginia legislature, at least one influential House Republican is looking to take a big bite out of Arlington County's revenue as payback for its opposition to HOT lanes.
ARLnow has been reporting from Richmond about how Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), the chair of the House Republican caucus, has been holding up a bill to let Arlington continue its existing hotel tax. Now, he's also introduced three budget amendments which would withhold money from jurisdictions that oppose HOT lane projects, cut off state funding for Arlington's streetcar and roadway changes on Columbia Pike, and conduct an audit of the quality of roadways in Arlington.
[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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| January 25, 2011; 10:46 AM ET
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