March 5, 2005
Governor Tim Kaine is traveling all over the state to talk to local officials, hoping to gain support, before a likely showdown over the legislative transportation package.
The governor has planned meetings Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with county supervisors, mayors, and city councils in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke.
Kaine said that he wants those regions to understand what is in the package and to discuss their likes and dislikes. Kaine has already pointed out revisions that he plans on making to the bill.
He has taken particular issue with bill's reliance on nearly $200 million a year drawn from general state revenues that pay for schools, health care, public safety, and direct state aid to localities.
Kaine has said that he will veto the bill if lawmakers do not accept his revisions. The General Assembly will return on April 4th to consider revisions to any of the 950 bills sent to Kaine's desk.