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Group Starts Ads to Encourage Legislators to Act

Anita Kumar

LIUNA, the Laborers' International Union of North America, began radio ads today in several area across the state "urging progress on the state's transportation crisis that negatively affects working people every day."

The ads will run in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond and Fredericksburg through Wednesday when the General Assembly returns to the state Capitol to try once again to find money for road and transit projects.

"Investing in Virginia's transportation system will dramatically improve safety and quality of life, while creating 50,000 good jobs in local economies," said Terence M. O'Sullivan, LIUNA General President. "Delegates in the Virginia House must take care of Virginia's basic priorities - the roads, highways, bridges and transit systems that the working men and women of the state rely on every day. It's time to build Virginia so Virginia works."

Last week, a House committee killed a proposal by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) to raise $1.1 billion a year in taxes and fees for statewide transportation and advanced a plan to collect money for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The ads state that "the Virginia House of Delegates continues to play political games with our safety and our time" and should instead "put Virginians back to work fixing our bridges, expanding our roads and improving our transit system."

The ads also note that failing to take action to fix the state's worsening roadways and transit will mean that within 12 months the average state motorist will spend the equivalent of an additional two weeks stuck in traffic gridlock. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia drivers already spend more $1,200 each year on wasted fuel and lost time due to traffic congestion.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 3, 2008; 11:33 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine , Transportation  
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