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Petition Calls On McDonnell To Eliminate 'Hybrid Tax'

Activists decried the inclusion of a tax on alternative fuel vehicles in a protest in January.
Armando Trull
Activists decried the inclusion of a tax on alternative fuel vehicles in a protest in January.

The Virginia Senate passed a bill overhauling transportation funding in the state on Saturday, sending the bill to Gov. Bob McDonnell to sign. Two lawmakers from Northern Virginia are still keeping up the fight to keep a tax on alternative fuel vehicles, the so-called "hybrid tax," out of the legislation.

Mt. Vernon Del. Scott Surovell and Alexandria Sen. Adam Ebbin have launched a website called NoHybridTax.com. The petition calls on the governor to repeal the provision in the transportation deal that would charge hybrid owners $100 a year.

During negotiations to reconcile the two versions, McDonnell explained that since alternative fuel vehicles utilize less gas, they generate less revenue for the state. He said the hybrid provision is intended as a way for hybrid owners to continue to contribute to the transportation fund.

The transportation funding deal passed by the Senate replaces the 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax. It also raises statewide sales taxes from 5 to 5.3 percent.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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