Then the upcoming gubernatorial campaign can focus on how to build new roads and expand mass transit.

Our policy paper also suggests two other actions that the General Assembly could take: 1) re-passing that part of the 2007 transportation bill known as "HB 3202" that gave authority to raise taxes and fees to locally elected bodies; and 2) urging Congress to block grant to Virginia our federal transportation construction funds thus reducing construction costs significantly.

This "friendly amendment" to the Governor's Transportation Plan reaches the same goal in maintenance and the economic impact is significantly greater. We hope this idea will be seriously considered by our elected officials as they strive to come up with a serious transportation plan.

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Summary charts of the Thomas Jefferson Institute analysis


Michael W. Thompson
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