A Virginia conference committee has reached a deal to overhaul the state's transportation funding plan, after members of the state Senate agreed to eliminate the 17.5 cent state gas tax paid at the pump.
The agreement would need approval from both chambers of the state General Assembly before the end of the legislative session on Saturday. It includes several provisions that represent a compromise between the major proposals:
But these measures may run into opposition again in the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans each control 20 seats.
State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) said he's unsure if he will support them.
"The reduction in the gas tax, again, that makes no sense to me," Petersen said.
If this measure is passed, it would represent the first comprehensive overhaul of Virginia transportation funding since 1986.
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.