As Virginia lawmakers debate the future of transportation funding in the commonwealth, much of the debate centers on whether the use of fuel efficiency vehicles should be encouraged or taxed to make up for the gas tax.
A transportation funding overhaul in Virginia got the approve of the State House Finance Committee Wednesday; the plan to eliminate the state's gas tax and increase sales tax now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.
Virginia is gearing up for a public policy battle over how to fund the state's transportation infrastructure, but one progressive tax — the vehicle miles traveled scheme — isn't on the table as part of the budget plan.
Regional transportation planners are trying to gauge public sentiment on various options to address the gridlock on the D.C. area's roads. More toll lanes were the most popular option in a study they will release today.
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