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.