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This week the senate revisited the Governor’s transportation bill and after some significant changes were made, a substitute bill passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority. I supported this long-term plan because it takes the necessary steps to create new and sustainable revenue streams to fund transportation projects and adequately maintain our roads. This revamped transportation package will now be negotiated in the conference committee (made up of leaders from both the House and the Senate).

 

Both Democrats and Republicans realize that we cannot fix our roads for free and this compromise that passed the Senate is a serious proposal aimed at solving our transportation challenges.

 

The proposal will generate $900 million in new revenue for transportation annually and enable localities to put in place additional funding to meet their local transportation priorities. It  creates jobs, establishes a long-term funding stream for transportation, and helps reduce the painful gridlock that is crippling our quality of life. In order for businesses to thrive and for our economy to grow, Virginia must invest in transportation infrastructure and this bill puts us on the path to do just that.

Richmond, VA— Today a substitute version of the transportation bill cleared the Senate and now heads to conference with leaders in both chambers. After working to change key components of the legislation, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35) joined a coalition of Democrats and Republicans to advance a quality transportation compromise. Under the revamped plan Virginia will see an additional $900 million in transportation funding.

“Today’s vote was another positive step toward passing a comprehensive transportation bill that will begin to generate funding for our transportation needs,” said Senator Saslaw. “This is a serious plan to begin much needed maintenance on our roads and new construction to reduce gridlock. We now must reach an agreement with the House on a responsible final product. This revamped transportation bill is built around commonsense solutions, not gimmicks.”

 

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