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Virginia's Big Battles Over Transportation

It's the "third rail" of Virginia politics: transportation. Everyone agrees that the Commonwealth's aging road and rail infrastructure needs an upgrade, but figuring out how to pay for it has tripped up popular governors from both political parties. This time around, Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) is endorsing a plan to eliminate the gas tax and raise the state's sales tax instead. We get an update on his plan and explore its odds for success in Richmond.

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