Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to spend $4 billion on Virginia's highways, and 26 business groups say they support the plan. They say the spending will add capacity, improve the economy and put people back to work.
McDonnell is proposing to borrow $3 billion and use another $1 billion in savings to infuse new life into projects that were delayed by Virginia's budget problems. Groups endorsing the plan include transportation, real estate, construction and chambers of commerce.
A study by the Federal Highway Administration shows that every $100 million spent on highway construction and maintenance projects adds 3,000 jobs -- created or supported -- to a state's economy.