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McDonnell Won't Address Transportation Right Away

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By Jonathan Wilson

After winning over voters partly behind the strength of his plans to address Virginia's transportation problems, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell now says trying to address the issue in the upcoming legislative session isn't the right move.

A spokesperson for the governor-elect says McDonnell still considers transportation finance reform for Virginia a first year priority.

But he's not confident there's enough time in the upcoming 60-day session to build the kind of consensus he needs.

Lon Anderson, with's mid-Atlantic office, says his group is disappointed with the delay.

"But I have to say, it may also be a very realistic thing to do, and it may ultimately help him succeed where other governors have failed."

Anderson says he expects McDonnell to call lawmakers into a special session later this year.

Outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine called two special sessions to address the state's transportation funding problems, but never delivered transportation reform.

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