VA House Approves $880M Per Year Transportation Plan

Virginia has passed legislation that reduces gas tax and raises the sales tax from $.05 to $.053 to fund highways. As gas consumption decreases with more fuel efficient cars, this state has found another way to fund their $800 million / year program for the immediate future. The sales tax also funds schools and other public services that may be reduced to accommodate the plan.

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Financing Our Highway Infrastructure

If you are following the debate about how to finance the building of our highway infrastructure, you might be interested in this article in Engineering News Record. The latest proposals include replacing the per-gallon gas tax with a percentage based sales tax on gas; a carbon tax; and a tax based on the number of miles people drive.

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