: News

Filed Under:

McDonnell: Transportation Funding Reform Will Have To Wait

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Gov. Elect Bob McDonnell will be sworn in at noon on Saturday.

But despite making transportation the signature issue of his campaign, the Republican says the state's transportation problems will have to wait, at least until after this legislative session.

A spokesperson for the Gov.-Elect says McDonnell wants more time to build consensus on transportation and feels that dealing with job creation and budget cuts will leave little time for other issues during this session.

Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman, a Democrat, says dealing with transportation later in the year may be a necessity.

"I dont think you can write off the whole year, but I don't think it would be unreasonable for the new governor to say we'll deal with in a special session after we have the budget dealt with," says Zimmerman.

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

WAMU 88.5

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
WAMU 88.5

The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

WAMU 88.5

D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

NPR

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.