Special Session Ends Early

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

September 28, 2006

The General Assembly adjourned its special session two days early, after failing to agree on a comprehensive transportation funding plan.

The session, scheduled to last until Saturday, failed for the same reason this year's state budget took so long to pass: the Senate desires for tax increases, and the house of delegates' opposes them.

House Republicans pushed a transportation plan that relied heavily on debt and existing revenues that otherwise would go to schools, health care and other services.

The senate and Governor Tim Kaine favored tax increases, which the house rejected.

Friday night the governor's office issues a statement. In it Governor Kaine said, "It is unfortunate that the special session has adjourned without consensus on a statewide transportation financing plan. we had an excellent opportunity to make real progress towards a transportation solution..."

The governor concluded saying, "Most unfortunately, our people will have lost even more time away from their families and their businesses." It's a statement the Governor Kaine has made repeatedly this year in his fight for transportation funding.

Friday's adjournment came after a senate committee rejected most of the House of Delegates' $2.4 billion dollar transportation plan earlier in the day.

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