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In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved state's transportation reform bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved state's transportation reform bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The Virginia Senate has passed the first long-term reform to the state's 27-year-old system for funding repairs and upkeep of its 58,000-mile network of highways, reports the Associated Press.

The Senate voted 25-15, which now sends the bill to Gov. Bob McDonnell. The measure would be the defining policy legacy in the fourth and final year of the single, non-renewable term Virginia allows its governors.

The measure would replace Virginia's 17.5 cents-per-gallon retail gasoline tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a 6 percent levy on diesel fuel. It boosts statewide sales taxes from 5 percent to 5.3 percent. It increases the titling tax on car sales and adds a $100 registration fee for fuel-sipping hybrid vehicles. The bill also rules out proposed tolls on Interstate 95 south of Petersburg.

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