It’s halftime for the 2013 legislative session, and if you have been following any of the news coming out of Richmond it is obvious we did not get off to a smooth start. The Senate Republicans have gone out of their way to make extreme partisanship and excessive overreach their foundation for this year. They have doubled down on their ideological pursuits in a way that is putting us on the fast track to becoming the first state where it will be easier to buy a gun than it is to vote on Election Day.
We are now in the process of taking up the important issue of transportation. More specifically, Governor McDonnell’s proposed transportation plan is working its way through the General Assembly and it is important that we have a thorough, rational and honest debate about the transportation challenges facing our Commonwealth. As I hear from people on the Governor’s plan, it is obvious Virginians have hit their tolerance wall for the choking effect gridlock has on our economy and our quality of life. Make no mistake about the need to get this plan correct. It’s been over a quarter of a century (1986) since the General Assembly put a sustainable revenue plan in place. History demonstrates this is not a “let’s get something and we’ll work it out later” issue that will be revisited in the near future.