Senate OKs Road Funding Amendment; Time to Deal

By: AP
By: AP
(AP) A souped-up rewrite of Gov. Bob McDonnell

AP Photo / Steve Helber

February 13, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A souped-up rewrite of Gov. Bob McDonnell's has won Senate passage without debate.

The 26-14 vote sends the drastically amended bill back to the House of Delegates where a two-thirds Republican majority hostile to the Senate's bid to not only restore but increase the gasoline tax the original bill repealed. McDonnell also opposes the 17½ cents-per-gallon gasoline tax.

It also adds a statewide 1 percent wholesale tax and an option for localities to levy an additional 1 percent.

With the House certain to reject the Senate amendment, that sets up high-level private talks by a select committee of senators and delegates with input from McDonnell's administration to see if a compromise between the widely different positions is possible.

Transportation reform is part of McDonnell's quest for a legislative legacy.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 191072911 -
Gray Television, Inc.