Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

Play associated audio

A Virginia Senate committee has rewritten Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding reform bill. The proposal would keep and increase the gasoline tax, add a 1 percent fuel sales tax and allow localities to add another 1 percent tax to fuel, according to the Associated Press.

Changes to the legislation, which already passed in the House, came in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. The meeting was briefly held up by a Republican senator's demand that the bill's sponsor, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell, appear and explain it. Republican Sen. Frank Wagner, however, offered his substitute to the Senate panel, which advanced it on a 9-6 vote.

The Senate finance panel's measure essentially reverses the governor's plan that passed in the house, which would have eliminated the gas tax and instead increase the sales tax.

The Senate version will face a floor vote later this week, and if it passes, return to the House where it will likely be rejected. That will set up negotiations for a small conference committee of delegates and senators.

NPR

What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.
NPR

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

Social justice is part of the recipe at New York's Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry's, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

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