August 7, 2007
Anti-tax conservatives filed the broadest legal challenge yet to the new transportation funding law on Monday.
The lawsuit alleges in 13 counts that nearly all major revenue sources in the first major highway funding boost in a generation violate either the U.S. or Virginia constitutions.
Because the suit was filed in Richmond Circuit Court, the court's decision on the numerous and expansive constitutional questions would be immediately binding statewide.
Residents statewide also are upset at the daunting cost of the fees and the knowledge that nonresidents are exempt. More than 165,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the fees' repeal.